Be a Housing Voter

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1. Register to Vote!

2. Pledge to be a Housing Voter!

3. Participate in the General Election November 7! It's important that you vote in your state and local races, and don't forget about ballot measures!
IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct 9 - Deadline to register by mail or online, or update your registration for General Election
Oct 30 - Last day for in-person voter registration for General Election
Nov 7 - GENERAL ELECTION

4. Get Informed!

    The Housing Alliance endorses ballot measures that will move Washington state and local communities closer to our goal of ensuring access to a safe, healthy, affordable home for everyone in Washington. This year, there are four ballot measures that, if passed, will help in the fight for more affordable homes and an end to homelessness.

    Home Opportunity Fund, Jefferson County

    The Home Opportunity Fund, appearing on the November ballot, will give voters in Jefferson County the chance to pass a 7-year property tax levy to create and preserve affordable homes. One-third of the revenue would go toward building, restoring, and maintaining low-income housing while the other two-thirds would go toward very low-income housing.

    Home Fund, Olympia

    The Home Fund campaign has unanimous support of the Olympia City Council. The council is expected to vote in October to place a local option sales tax on the ballot for Februrary, 2018. A 1/10 of one percent sales tax will generate $2.2 million per year, which will leverage about $4.4 million per year. Revenue will fund affordable housing and rental assistance.

    Make Ellensburg Home, Ellensburg

    The Ellensburg City Council has voted to place a local option sales tax on the ballot for November, 2017. A 1/10 of one percent sales tax would bring in $450,000 to $500,000 a year for the foreseeable future. At least 60 percent of all sales tax revenue gained must be spent on affordable housing, but there is no cap on affordable housing funds and no minimum required amount to be spent on behavioral health.

    Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, Seattle

    The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy expands and strengthens communities by providing vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. The levy extends existing efforts that have proven effective in reducing unemployment, homelessness, and emergency medical costs.

     

    5. Take it to the next level!

    • Be a volunteer: Participate in a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) outreach event and help us call or door-knock other housing voters. Contact teresac@wliha.org
       
    • Attend a candidates forum: Elevate affordable homes and an end to homelessness in this year's election. Put your questions to the candidates, find out more about how they plan to tackle these urgent issues, and be an informed voter.

     

     

    The Housing Alliance can work with member organizations and partners to create Voter Engagement Plans, individualized strategies for increasing registered voters in your community. Voter Engagement Plans have the following components:

    1. Voter Registration and Engagement

    • Register new voters
    • Update voter registrations
    • Educate community members about their voting rights
    • Support the Housing Alliance’s door knocking efforts at one or more residential properties

    2. Pledge to Vote Postcard Campaign

    Securing pledge-to-vote cards from housing community members who are registered to vote, in order to demonstrate to elected officials that these communities are engaged and care about the issues, particularly policy decisions impacting housing and homelessness.

    3. Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

    GOTV engages newly registered voters and lapsed voters to vote and mail in their ballots.
    Reminders: email, postcard, signage, etc.
    Events: ballot parties, phonebanks, community canvasses, etc.

    To create a Voter Engagement Plan for your organization, contact Teresa Clark at teresac@wliha.org.