Virtual Lobby Day 2020
Millions of people in America can’t afford to pay rent. Millions of low-wage workers are losing jobs and wages from COVID-19 related shutdowns and most struggled to pay the rent even before the pandemic. A patchwork of federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums give short-term relief to some renters but leave many unprotected and create a financial cliff when moratoriums are lifted and back rent is owed. Without immediate federal action, millions of renters – disproportionately, Black, Latino, and Native American - will be evicted from their homes in the coming months and at be imminent risk of homelessness. Their homes – and their family’s ability to stay safe and healthy – are at risk.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), along with its Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) and Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) multisector affordable homes campaign, invites advocates across the country to participate in a Virtual Lobby Day on July 21, 2020 to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability for people experiencing homelessness and the lowest-income renters during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Unless Congress acts quickly to provide emergency housing resources and protections, our nation will see a spike in housing instability, evictions, and homelessness.
Congress needs to hear from you about how urgently needed these emergency housing resources and protections are for your community. Struggling renters and people experiencing homelessness cannot wait any longer!
We encourage all advocates to participate by scheduling meetings or phone calls with your representatives and senators leading up to and on Tuesday, July 21. Together, we will urge Congress to include our top priorities for housing stability in the next coronavirus relief package, prominently including the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help low-income renters avoid evictions and homelessness. We will also call for a national, uniform moratorium on evictions; $11.5 billion to help local communities address the pressing health and safety needs of people experiencing homelessness; and at least $13 billion in additional funding for HUD and USDA housing programs to ensure housing stability during and after the pandemic.
The tools on this webpage are the key resources you’ll need to participate in the Virtual Lobby Day on July 21. The tools include background information, sample talking points, social media messages, tips for effective storytelling, and much more.
We hope you will join us in demanding that Congress take immediate action to ensure housing stability for low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.
President and CEO
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Download the Virtual Lobby Day Toolkit or browse its contents and additional resources below:
Contents and Additional Resources
- Priority Asks for Virtual Lobby Day
- Emergency Rental Assistance
- Housing as Healthcare Talking Points
- Education and Housing Talking Points
- Racial Justice and Housing Talking Points
- Gender Justice and Housing Talking Points
- Emergency Rental Assistance & COVID-19 Factsheet
- NLIHC Policy Recommendations
- Sign-on letter with over 800 organizations in support of $100B in emergency rental assistance
- Sign-on letter with over 600 organizations in support of the housing resources and protections included in the HEROES Act
- Housing Data for Your State or Region
Already completed a recent lobby meeting with your members of Congress? Here are other ways you can take action today!
- Complete our Lobby Visit report back form
- Write an op-ed, letter to the editor, or tweet at your members of Congress using the NLIHC Social Media Toolkit
- Send an email to reinforce the message you conveyed during your lobby meeting. Feel free to use and adapt template text from NLIHC’s suggested email action
- Add your organization to two letters urging Congress to immediately enact critical housing resources and protections!