Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

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2015 Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Olympia, Washington

Advocacy Day registration opens December 8, 2014.

Please check back to register and for updated information about Advocacy Day 2015!

To learn more about last year's Advocacy Day, click a link below to jump to that section:

About Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day
Pre-Advocacy Day Workshops
Scholarships & Transportation Assistance
Can't Attend? Take the Pledge!
Documents and More
Social Media

Social Media Day of Action for #HHAD2014
Sponsoring Advocacy Day
Sneak Preview from Advocacy Day 2013



About Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day (Advocacy Day)


An Advocacy Day (a.k.a. “Lobby Day”) is an organized event, usually at the legislature, where constituents can meet their elected officials to inform on and advocate for specific legislation and policies. Each year, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance organizes one of the largest Advocacy Days during the legislative session. This January, you have an opportunity to be a part of this very important day of action!

We’re looking for people passionate about ensuring that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home. Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is a chance for you to unite with others to end homelessness in our state. Are you ready to join over 500 other advocates from around Washington to tell your elected officials how you feel?

If you are ready to take fighting homelessness to the next level, then please join the Housing Alliance on January 28 in Olympia for the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day!

The day includes:

  • Inside information and timely updates on affordable housing and homelessness legislation.
  • Workshops on how to talk to your elected officials and be the most effective advocate possible.
  • Meetings with your lawmakers for which you’ll be armed with key messages, supporting documents and facts to help share your story.
  • And an opportunity to feel the power of a strong and growing movement for affordable housing and an end to homelessness.


The theme of Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2014 is “…it all starts at home.” The theme starts with an ellipsis because it is meant to connect the importance of a home to other basic needs in life, like having a steady job, positive learning outcomes, and good health.

For instance you can use the theme as a chant:

Call: “Healthier people!”
Response: “It all starts at home!”
Call: “Thriving children!”
Response: “It all starts at home!”

You can also use it for a tagline:

Our communities can have better health and education. But it all starts at home.

NOTE: A few of our allies have pointed out that if you partner this theme with education, then folks might think the implication is that we are solely blaming parents and families at home for poor education outcomes. One way around this is to include the phrase, “And it all starts by having a home!” or “It all starts with a home.”

For example:

Better education and health for our communities, it all starts at home. It all starts by having a home!

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Advocacy Day Location


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Click here to go to our online registration page.

You can send this shorter url of the above link to other advocates so they can also register right away:


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Advocacy Day Agenda

Download a printable version of the agenda here.

Check-in and Registration (United Churches Foyer)
Help yourself to coffee and snacks in the downstairs Social Hall.

Photo Booth, provided by Firesteel (United Churches lower stairway landing)
Have a picture taken holding a message you want to share at Advocacy Day!

Morning Call to Action (United Churches Sanctuary)
Guest speakers: Tim Morley, Microsoft, Homestead Community Land Trust board member; R.J. Williams; and Shelby Powell

  • Advocacy 101 (Sanctuary)
  • Advocacy 101 en Español (Chapel)
  • Nick’s Fireside Chat (Fireside Room)
  • Perspectives on Homeless Youth Advocacy (Social Hall)
  • Creating Housing Access with the Fair Tenant Screening Act (Chapel)
  • Interfaith Panel on Housing and Homelessness Advocacy (Sanctuary)
  • Let’s Get Political: Meet our Sister Organization, the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund (Fireside Room)
  • Social Media Basics for Housing Advocates (Social Hall)

Download the full workshop descriptions here.

11:30-3:30pm Meetings with Your Legislators (Cherberg, O’Brien & Legislative Buildings)
See meetings schedule for details on your district’s meetings.
11:40-12:30pm Lunches for Pre-registered Advocates (Steps on the North Side of the Legislative Building)
12:00-12:30pm Rally for Homes (Steps on the North Side of the Legislative Building)
Featured speakers: Senator David Frockt (46th Legislative District) and Representative June Robinson (38th Legislative District)
1:00-4:00pm Information Sharing Table (Legislative Building, 4th Floor Mezzanine)
Stop by the Housing Alliance Information Sharing Table at your convenience to report back about your meetings or to find out more about next steps.
1:00-4:00pm Photo Booth, provided by Firesteel (next to Information Sharing Table, Legislative Building, 4th Floor Mezzanine)
Have a picture taken holding a message you want to share at Advocacy Day!


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Pre-Advocacy Day Workshops


These are the archived videos of the pre-Advocacy Day webinars. If you missed these workshops when they were live, we highly recommend you watch them here.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Essentials

This webinar is designed to orient all Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2014 attendees to the goals, opportunities, and logistics of the entire day. It is especially important for those who haven't attended our advocacy day before.

Legislative District Lead and Steward Training for Advocacy Day

This webinar will orient all Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2014 Legislative District Leads and Advocacy Stewards to the goals and logistics of volunteering for the day. If you have signed up to volunteer, you should sign up for this training.

Learn at Lunch: Fair Tenant Screening Act (Part 3) & Document Recording Fees
We had to cancel this training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Learn more about our Legislative Agenda Lead Priorities here.

Special two-issue Learn at Lunch! Join the Housing Alliance for an in-depth update on the relevant issues relating to this years efforts to prevent the sunsetting of the state's Document Recording Fees as well as efforts to make tenant screening reports practical, efficient, and more affordable.

Check back here, as we'll be adding more workshops as we get closer to Advocacy Day.

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Volunteer for Advocacy Day


Help make Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2014 a huge success! This advocacy day is one of the biggest in Olympia. We expect an even stronger showing this year and are planning an action-packed day. But it'll take many hands to make it happen. With over 500 expected advocates in attendance, we'll need at least 80 volunteers.

You can lend a hand as a volunteer in one of these roles:

Legislative District Leads - coordinate and lead their district group’s meetings with legislators.
Advocacy Stewards - fill a range of roles, from staffing registration and resource tables, to orienting advocates to event and program locations, to handing out red scarves and programs or lunches.

We will provide online training in advance of Advocacy Day for all roles.

Interested? Please be sure to check the box indicating your interest in volunteering at the registration section above. A Housing Alliance staff member will contact you soon.

Also, please send this pdf out far and wide so we can get the volunteer team necessary to make the day a success. 

If you have any questions, either before or after you sign up, please email Margie Quinn or call her at 206.442.9455 x213.

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Scholarships and Transportation Assistance


Individuals can request partial or full scholarships for the Advocacy Day registration fee at the registration page.

Organizations can apply for funding to help transport advocates to Advocacy Day. Fill out an application before December 13, 2013.

For individuals seeking greener and more economical transportation to Olympia for Advocacy Day, we have created an online account where you can see who is offering a ride to Olympia from around the state. You can follow this link to organize your Advocacy Day carpool.

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Can't Attend? Take the Advocate Pledge!


Even if you are unable to make it to Olympia on Tuesday, January 28, you can still make a huge difference and be an advocate for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Click here to sign the pledge to call your legislator on Tuesday, January 28, and ask them to support the Housing Trust Fund.

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Documents and Other Links


Use these documents to mobilize and educate your organization and community to attend Advocacy Day. As we get closer to January 28, we'll also put up links to documents that can help you better prepare for advocating to your legislator. This section is updated frequently. So, check back here again soon.

Advocacy Day Materials
Schedule & Workshop Descriptions

Capitol Campus Map

Social Media Guide for Advocacy Day

State Legislative Agenda Lead Priorities

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State Legislative Agenda Support Priorities

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Housing Trust Fund One-Pager

Housing and Essential Needs/Aged, Blind & Disabled One-Pager

Fair Tenant Screening Act-Part 3 One-Pager

Document Recording Fee One-Pager

Medicaid Expansion to End Homelessness One-Pager

Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Talking Points

Pre-Advocacy Day Materials
Advocacy Day 2014 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Sheet

Advocacy Day 2014 Outreach Messaging Guide

Advocacy Day 2014 Flyer

Advocacy Day 2014 Volunteer Flyer

Advocacy Day 2014 Group Registration Form

Advocacy Day 2014 Social Media Guide


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Social Media and #HHAD2014


The Housing Alliance will be utilizing social media to outreach for Advocacy Day before January 28 and to inform folks who aren't able to make it to Olympia about the day's advocacy developments. We are also using social media to educate advocates about the latest updates and information on our state and federal advocacy priorities.


Social Media Day of Action for #HHAD2014
Help us get the word out about Advocacy Day, encourage people to register, and raise awareness about our State Legislative Advocacy Priorities to create affordable homes and end homelessness. On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 12:00am to 11:59pm, we'd like #HHAD2014 to be a locally trending hashtag on Twitter and increase the registrations for Advocacy Day. If you're on Twitter or Facebook, you can be a huge help in making Advocacy Day a success.

Learn more about our Social Media Day of Action!

Twitter #Hashtags
On Twitter, people use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them display more easily in a Twitter search, like: #sequestration. Also, clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword. For instance, in a Twitter search, you’d see all tweets related to news of 

You can read more about how to use Twitter hashtags at their Help Center.

Advocacy Day’s hashtag is: #HHAD2014

Please add this to all your tweets related to Advocacy Day leading up to January 28 and the day-of.

Twitter @Usernames
If your elected official has a Twitter profile, you can tweet advocacy messages to them. You just need to know their username, which always has the @ symbol at the beginning (no spaces).

For instance, Senator Patty Murray’s twitter username is: @PattyMurray.

If you include their username anywhere in the body of the Tweet, then someone at Patty Murray’s office is more than likely to see your message to her and maybe even respond back. And if you have room on your tweet, feel free to include our username in the post. The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance username is @WLIHA.

You can read more about how to use Twitter usernames at their Help Center.

Twitter and Our Legislative Priorities
Each state and federal item has a unique hashtag that we’ll be using throughout the session and even during Advocacy Day to provide up-to-the-minute legislative updates on Twitter. You should use them too, as you advocate for certain items and learn more about where your legislator stands on the issue.

Our Social Media and Advocacy Day Guide has more information about using social media for Advocacy Day and for legislative advocacy beyond January 28. It also has information about using Facebook.

Our Advocacy Day Outreach Messaging Guide also has information on the many different kinds of messaging you can do to help spread the word about Advocacy Day 2014.

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Huge Thanks to Our Advocacy Day Sponsors












Our sponsors make Advocacy Day a reality. If you would like more information on how your organization can sponsor this event, please email Andrea Marcos or call her at 206.442.9455 x212.

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Sneak Preview from Advocacy Day 2013


Here's an awesome recap of Advocacy Day 2013 from our friends over at Firesteel.


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