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