Emerging Advocates Program at the Conference

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The Housing Alliance’s Emerging Advocates Program (EAP) provides advocacy training and support for individuals with direct experience of housing instability/homelessness. Participants gain skills and experience working for positive policy change to become advocacy leaders in their communities. EAP graduates are important members of the affordable housing advocacy community; many graduates build long-lasting connections and discover new opportunities through the Housing Alliance and our networks.

The Conference on Ending Homelessness presents numerous opportunities for learning and networking. EAP at the Conference on Ending Homelessness (EAP@COEH) brings conference opportunities and EAP support together to create a space for people with housing instability/homelessness experience to network, learn, and feel supported at the conference and beyond.

20 advocates - from Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Shelton and Bellingham - took part in the 2016 EAP@COEH program at the Spokane Convention Center on Tuesday, May 10, the day before the conference. Participants learned from experienced advocates - and each other - about media and legislator relations, advocacy storytelling, the legislative process, key issues and solutions, and leadership in advocacy. 


Applications for the fall EAP workshop series, held in Seattle, are being accepted through July 24th, 2016.

The 2017 Conference on Ending Homelessness will be held in Tacoma, May 10-11, and EAP@COEH will take place on May 9. Check back here in early 2017 for more application information.