Achieving Effective Site Visits


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Toolkits | February 2, 2011

Files: PDF | 4.07 MB | 18 pages

Site visits, or tours of local programs, are one of the single most impactful strategies for persuading your elected officials to strengthen government’s response to homelessness. They provide an opportunity for your Members of Congress to see first-hand how a program works, its impact on people and programs in their district, and the connection between the policy issues with which they deal every day and the ways in which programs implement solutions-focused interventions. As a result, they are more likely to support new and increased resources for preventing and ending homelessness.

The key to a successful site visit is ample preparation and planning. This section of the toolkit will provide you with all of the strategies and tools you need to plan and host an effective site visit for your elected official.

This toolkit covers:

  • Setting goals and a plan;
  • Deciding who else to invite;
  • Scheduling your site visit;
  • Preparing for the site visit;
  • What do during the site visit; and
  • Following up from the site visit.

In addition to several helpful tips and a list of five key steps for success, this toolkit also incudes:

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