Advocates and residents around the country will be carrying out more than 80 Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action events and activities in 25 states starting Tuesday, May 1. Affordable housing advocates and resident leaders will be calling for increased investments in affordable housing and community development and for Congress to reject HUD’s proposal to increase rent burdens and impose work requirements on many of the lowest income families and individuals.
The events and activities taking place during the Week of Action include rallies, marches, letter-writing campaigns, meetings with elected officials, press events, and much more.
We hope you are among the advocates taking action to end homelessness and housing poverty in America and have already signed up to either lead or join a local event. You can find a listing of many of the planned events and activities at: https://bit.ly/2uitAo6. If your event isn’t listed, let us know!
We encourage you also to participate in the national Our Homes, Our Voices activities:
National Call-In Day, May 7
Call your members of Congress on May 7 to voice your support for programs that make homes affordable for those with the greatest need. Call for increased investments in affordable housing and against the administration’s proposed benefit cuts and rents increases. Call: 202-224-3121. Add this activity to your calendar at: https://bit.ly/2uQRYBa
Tweetstorm, May 8, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Join us for a tweetstorm, May 8, 2:00–3:00 pm ET. Use #OurHomesOurVoices or tag @OurHomesVoices. Retweet @OurHomesVoices and tweet at members of Congress with a unified message about the long-term benefits of greater investments in affordable housing. Take pictures preparing for your event or at your event and share them during the tweetstorm. Share the social media images, fact sheets, and infographics available on the campaign Resources page as well. Add the Tweetstorm to your calendar at: https://bit.ly/2uQRYBa
Sample tweets and images can be found at: https://bit.ly/2uBWbpB
Don’t tweet? Share sample messages and images on other social media platforms, tag your member of Congress, and use #OurHomesOurVoices.
Tell us about your event or activity. We encourage you to use social media starting today and throughout the Week of Action to share why you believe it is important to participate in this campaign, how your events went, and how you plan to advocate for greater investments in affordable homes and communities even after May 8. Retweet and share images, including pictures of yourself and other advocates participating in your event(s). You can also send photos to: [email protected]
Sample press release, talking points, op-ed, social media images, and tweets are located at: https://bit.ly/2uBWbpB
Get media to your event. Share a press release about your event with your press list or key local media. Highlight your activity and the importance of increasing investments in affordable housing in your state and communities.
Use social media to share pictures and videos of your activity and tag a reporter. Increase awareness by sharing images and urge reporters to get involved and cover your activities.
If you have questions about the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, email us at: [email protected]