Fall 2016 Local Member Engagement Campaign

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Advocacy Resource | September 13, 2016

As part of the FY 2017 McKinney Campaign, the Alliance is launching a Fall 2016 Local Member Engagement Campaign to encourage advocates across the country to engage with their Members of Congress while they are home for the election season. The Campaign aims to:

• Raise awareness among the public and Congress about the issue of and solutions to homelessness;
• Educate Congress on the need for increased resources for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and ensure that it provides at least $2.487 billion for this program in its final FY 2017 spending bill 
Ask Members to commit to communicate the message that “providing at least $2.487 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2017 is a high priority” to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and congressional leadership.

The best ways advocates can achieve these goals are by taking the below actions:

1. Host A Member for a Site Visit

Hosting a Member of Congress for a site visit of your McKinney-funded program is THE most impactful thing you can do while they are home in their district or state to enage them in the effort to end homelessness. The Alliance has many materials to help you plan and execute your site visit, including the following (those denoted with a * are specifically meant for use during the Fall 2016 Local Member Engagement Campaign):

2. Conduct In-District Congressional Meetings

If your Member does not have time in their schedule to attend a site visit, or if you do not have the capacity to plan one, the next best thing you can do to engage your Members this fall is to conduct in-district (or state) congressional meetings. The Alliance has materials to help you plan and execute these meetings, including the following (that denoted with a * is specifically meant for use during the Fall 2014 Local Member Engagement Campaign):

3. Raise the Issue of Homelessness at a Public Campaign Event

Another way you can engage your Members during this election season is by raising the issue of homelessness at a public campaign event! See the below one-pager for tips on how to engage your Members at such events that will be taking place this fall:

We are happy to work with you every step of the way to help you customize these materials, strategize about which Members of Congress to engage, and with anything else for which you may need assistance. Please contact Julie Klein or Jaime Colman to get involved!