One of the ways we work towards that mission is to provide leadership that brings people and organizations together to have the greatest impact on policy.
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Before each state legislative session, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Public Policy Committee (PPC) helps determine our legislative agenda through an extensive decision-making process. Then the Housing Alliance board approves the final priorities. The PPC is comprised of individual Housing Alliance members from across the state who have a depth of housing and policy experience representing the spectrum of affordable housing and homelessness stakeholders. Our lead items are legislation and policy that the Housing Alliance directly advocates for. We also have support items, which are legislation and policy that our members lead on and that we also support.
Once this agenda is set, we:
- Actively advocate and lobby for our legislative agenda lead items, and support our allies in their agendas.
- Empower and mobilize our members and communities across Washington to engage their elected officials.
- Provide the latest education and updates on our lead legislative items.
While we are a statewide organization focused on statewide policy and legislative issues, we also educate and encourage our members to advocate at the federal level.
In choosing our national policy priorities, we consider what policies will have the greatest impact in this Washington and where our advocacy will have the most impact. We also look to our national partners, including the D.C.-based National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), of which we are a member. Go here to learn about the NLIHC's ongoing national policy issues.
Ending homelessness requires a significant shift in the priorities of government, which will only happen if the public demands it. There are more than 5,000 community leaders on the boards of housing and homelessness organizations across the state, who are already motivated and engaged in efforts to end homelessness, and who are an untapped resource for effective advocacy.
With support from and in partnership with the Campion Foundation, we are working to mobilize and engage those leaders in the struggle to end homelessness and ensure a safe, healthy, affordable home for everyone in Washington.
An Advocacy Day (also known as a Lobby Day) is a day for like-minded individuals to collectively educate and move their elected representatives to act in those constituents' interests on a particular bill, set of bills, budgetary decisions, etc.
We spearhead the organizing of Washington's Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, with the help of our individual and organizational members, allies, and community members. On this day we mobilize hundreds of advocates to Olympia to advocate for our state legislative agenda and to further the mission of ending homelessness by ensuring all our residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities.
While Advocacy Days are extremely essential in our work, we also recognize that ending homelessness takes consistent and dedicated advocacy and mobilization throughout the entire year. This is why we offer a variety of tools to help people advocate to their legislator year-round. These include workshops, conferences, downloadable guides, and more.
We envision a world where everyone who cares about affordable housing and ending homelessness, not only mobilizes on the streets, but also speaks out with their vote! Voting for candidates who truly represent you has long been a valuable and effective way of making lasting change locally and nationally.
The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Voter Engagement Project seeks to support our member organizations and partners to empower every eligible housing resident and community member experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, to register to vote and become a Housing Voter.
This is one of our newest initiatives to formally support and train housing and homelessness advocates. The Emerging Advocates Program consists of six weekly sessions on a range of skills for effective advocacy, with ongoing support for participants as advocates. The program will provide people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability with training and support to effectively make their voices heard in an advocacy context, while developing skills helpful in any environment.