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 on Nov 8! It's important that you vote in your state and local races, and don't forget about ballot initiatives and levys! See below for our endorsements


Oct 10Deadline to register by mail or online, or update your registration for General Election

Oct 21 - General Election 18-day voting period begins / ballots mailed

Oct 31 - Last day for in-person voter registration for General Election


4. Take it to the next level!


The Reality

Advocating for affordable housing and an end to homelessness is made more effective when community members who care about and are impacted by these issues are active and regular voters.

Elected officials and candidates know who votes and who doesn’t. The more engaged a community is, and the more often they vote, the higher a priority they become.

Historically, community members experiencing homelessness, and those living in low income housing do not vote, in part because of systemic barriers, and in part because they are not encouraged to participate, or don't know where to start. 

Housing residents and community members experiencing homelessness are directly impacted by the decisions made in Olympia.

It is time they are heard. It is time they are served.

The Solution

Registering housing residents and community members experiencing homelessness to vote empowers those community members to get involved and influence the decisions that directly impact their lives and communities. 

Increasing the number of homeless and housing community members who vote, strengthens advocacy efforts locally and in Olympia. 

Nonprofits are empowered by the law to participate in specific civic engagement efforts, including voter registration. 

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


The Housing Alliance supports ballot initiatives that further the opportunity for everyone in Washington to have access to a safe, healthy, affordable home. Initiatives endorsed by the Housing Alliance are voted on by our Board of Directors, and information is posted here so you can be an informed Housing Voter!

Make sure your voter registration is up to date here. 

The Housing Alliance recommends:


Increase Housing Stability by Raising the Minimum Wage: Vote YES on Initiative 1433

It should be possible for working people to afford a home and still have enough money for the basics, like groceries, transportation, and childcare. But in 33 of 39 counties in Washington, a worker must earn a fulltime wage of more than $10 an hour in order to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment. That’s more than the minimum wage in Washington. Raising the minimum wage will make it possible for more people to afford a home without having to neglect other basic needs.

Initiative 1433 would raise the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years. For a fulltime worker earning $10 an hour, an increase to $13.50 would mean an extra $607 per month to spend on rent and other necessities. Raising the wage would especially benefit women and people of color who are more likely to earn less than $13.50 an hour. It will also provide workers with paid sick leave, so they won’t have to worry about losing pay when they need to take care of themselves or their family. 

I-1433 will increase wages – and housing stability - for more than 730,000 people in Washington. For more information visit

We urge you to sign the petition and vote Yes on I-1433.