Affordable homes are built with ballots every bit as much as they are built with bricks and drywall.
Use NLIHC resources
For years, NLIHC has supported the work of housing organizations engaging in elections by providing a simple, fill-in-the-blanks planning form that walks through the essential process of creating a full voter engagement effort. To explain the pieces of an effective campaign, there is also an explanatory guide document. Find these important tools at www.ourhomes-ourvotes.org. Over the coming months, NLIHC will provide additional resources on aspects of Our Homes, Our Votes such as conducting candidate surveys, organizing transportation on election day, hosting candidate forums, and maintaining an effective voter database. Check the Our Homes, Our Votes web space for periodic updates.
The guide and plan documents for Our Homes, Our Votes divide voter engagement into three important phases:
- Registration—Expanding the pool of eligible voters in low-income communities and subsidized properties.
- Education—Making sure voters have the information they need about candidates, and making sure candidates are engaged in housing affordability issues.
- Mobilization—Getting out the vote! Putting in so much work to register and educate voters will only matter if they make it to the polls.
NLIHC Releases New Report on Ballot Measure Campaigns for Affordable Homes
NLIHC released a report today on the role of ballot measure campaigns in securing new resources for affordable homes, strengthening tenant protections, and solving homelessness. The report, “Housing on the Ballot: How to Organize a Successful Ballot Measure Campaign for Affordable Homes,” reviews best practices for launching campaigns, building coalitions, communicating about ballot measures, and elevating the leadership of directly impacted communities. In addition to summarizing significant ballot measures related to housing and homelessness from the 2020 and 2021 election cycles, the report provides case studies from three cities where housing advocates recently achieved significant victories at the ballot box – Philadelphia, PA; St. Paul, MN; and Denver, CO – to offer deeper insights into proven strategies for organizing winning campaigns.