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Strategies for Educating Members of Congress about Homelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Advocacy Resource | January 14, 2011
Files: PDF | 70 KB | 2 pages
As the 112th Congress gets underway and begins to make key decisions about policies and programs impacting people experiencing and at risk of homelessness, it is critical to ensure that our Members of Congress (Members) understand the issue of homelessness – who it affects, its causes, and its solutions.
The Alliance is launching a national effort with its partners across the country to educate new and returning Members about the importance of making it a federal priority to prevent and end homelessness.
Begin developing or improving relationships with your senators and representatives NOW. Introduce yourself and get to know them. If you already have a relationship with a Member, work to strengthen it.
The best strategies for educating and building relationships with Members will vary person to person. If you would like to work with the Alliance to develop a targeted strategy that makes sense for you, your organization, and your Member, please contact Amanda Krusemark at email@example.com or Kate Seif at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although each Member would benefit from a personalized strategy, there are some key steps that you can take over the coming weeks and months to begin educating your elected officials about the importance of ending homelessness. This brief suggests some steps that you can take toward ensuring your Member understands the issues mot important to you.
Suggested strategies explored in the brief include: