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1.1 Getting Results: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda

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Getting the resources that are needed to end homelessness will require advocacy that can effectively elevate homelessness to a key policy priority. This workshop, for state captains and …

Getting the resources that are needed to end homelessness will require advocacy that can effectively elevate homelessness to a key policy priority. This workshop, for state captains and outcome-oriented advocates, will provide attendees with the skills to impact policy by:
- establishing long-term relationships with policymakers;
- leading productive meetings with policymakers;
- developing powerful messages for a range of key stakeholders.

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  • 1. Getting Results: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda National Conference on Ending Homelessness July 12, , 2010
  • 2. Advocacy is…
    • Advocacy is “the active support of an idea or cause; especially the act of arguing for something.”
    • NAEH Mission: The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
  • 3. Would YOU Make a Good Advocate?
    • Advocacy = MORE Resources
    • Would YOU Make a Good Advocate?
    • No one knows value of resources better than service providers.
    • You’re a constituent.
    • Elected officials like doing good things and want to hear from constituents who are doing something positive.
  • 4. o
    • But does it work?
    • YES!!
    • We’ve won!
        • WA State/Murray for McKinney funding level
          • Talk about how Senate # was higher than House; split the difference in conference; as a result, you’ll have X% more funds available in next NOFA
        • MN/Franken for McKinney sign-on letter (said no, then yes)
        • Representative Walz going to introduce vets legislation just because someone asked
  • 5. So, What Do I Do?
    • Build relationships!!
      • Phone calls, emails, letters
      • Meetings
      • Media
      • Site visits
  • 6.
        • “ Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
        • - Andrew Carnegie
  • 7.  
  • 8. Know Your Audience: Crafting Your Message
  • 9. Know Your Audience
    • Think like a policymaker
    • Past support
    • Background
    • Political philosophy
  • 10. Sample Talking Points: McKinney
    • Reason we need more $
      • HEARTH Act
    • Be Local!
      • New projects
      • Prevention & rapid re-housing activities
      • National/local declines in homelessness
      • Specific projects
    • Member-Specific Points
      • Cost savings, sub-populations, partners…
  • 11. Sample Talking Points: Supportive Services
    • Reason for $:
      • Importance of Housing + Services
    • Be Local!
      • URGENCY
      • Difficulty in securing housing + services $
      • Use of Medicaid funding
    • Member-Specific Points:
      • Data on cost savings, effectiveness, improvements in health outcomes, recidivism, etc.
  • 12. Okay, let’s do one together…
    • Section 8 / National Housing Trust Fund
  • 13. Remember …
    • Think like a policymaker - what would convince you?
    • Know your target
    • Local, local, local

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