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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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    1.1 Getting Results: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda 1.1 Getting Results: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda Presentation Transcript

    • Getting Results: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda National Conference on Ending Homelessness July 12, , 2010
    • 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.
    • 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.
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      • 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
    • So, What Do I Do?
      • Build relationships!!
        • Phone calls, emails, letters
        • Meetings
        • Media
        • Site visits
          • “ 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
    •  
    • Know Your Audience: Crafting Your Message
    • Know Your Audience
      • Think like a policymaker
      • Past support
      • Background
      • Political philosophy
    • 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…
    • 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.
    • Okay, let’s do one together…
      • Section 8 / National Housing Trust Fund
    • Remember …
      • Think like a policymaker - what would convince you?
      • Know your target
      • Local, local, local