Twenty events across the country have so far been scheduled for the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, May 1-8, and are posted on the campaign website. To participate in an event in your community, see the events listed at: www.ourhomes-ourvoices.org/local-events. If you are planning an event in your community that is not yet listed, please send along the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The events already planned around the country vary from rallies on the steps of state capitols and public hearings with local residents demonstrating against HUD rent increases to site visits with elected officials at affordable housing developments built with support from federal programs President Trump proposes to eliminate or cut. Two members of Congress—U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA)— have already committed to participate in Our Homes, Our Voices events, and many more are expected.
We have developed a number of resources to assist with branding the campaign at these events and spreading the campaign’s message to elected officials and on social media. The newest resource is a template PowerPoint presentation that can be used by local advocates to discuss the federal budget at local events. There are also campaign T-shirts, hats, stickers, and buttons available for purchase. Order them today to ensure they get to you on time for your Week of Action activities.
Webinar on Preparing Local Events
NLIHC presented a webinar on April 12 to provide updates on the federal budget and a review of the resources available to support local events for Our Homes, Our Voices. The webinar provided best practices for branding and social media sharing, and included some highlights from the 2017 Week of Action. A recording of the webinar is available at: www.ourhomes-ourvoices.org/resources
National Week of Action Events
The Campaign for Housing and Community Development (CHCDF) has scheduled a National Call-In Day for Monday, May 7, when Congress returns from recess. We encourage advocates from across the country to call their elected officials on that day to ensure they not only become aware of the campaign and the need for affordable housing and community development investments but also recognize the importance of the issue to their constituents by the number of calls received. Sample scripts will be provided in advance of the Call-In Day.
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) is an invited speaker at a national Our Homes, Our Voices Week of Action press event on Tuesday, May 8. She will be joined at the event by other champions in Congress, housing advocacy leaders, and people who have benefitted from federally assisted housing. After the event, CHCDF will lead a #OurHomesOurVoices tweetstorm to further elevate the demand for greater investments in affordable homes and stronger communities.
Look for more information about national events in the coming days on the campaign website at: https://www.ourhomes-ourvoices.org/