PREPARING YOUR EVENTS
There are many ways you and your organization can participate in the Our Homes, Our Voices Week of Action. See some ideas below. If you have questions, want to know how to collaborate with those in your community, or are ready to share details about your event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RALLY OR PRESS CONFERENCE
If your group is able to organize a rally or a march that will attract a strong turnout, hosting this type of event can be hugely successful in raising the profile of the housing affordability crisis and growing community support for federal investments in affordable homes. Learn more on how you can organize a rally or press conference here.
If members of your community are unaware of the causes of homelessness and the need for federal investment in housing, consider hosting a teach-in, which would allow advocates and housing professionals to educate community members about the lack of homes that are affordable in your community and how they can take action. Learn more on how you can organize a teach-in here.
Hosting a film screening event provides an opportunity to share important information with a community of advocates and then have a facilitated conversation about next steps on the issues raised in the film. Learn more on how you can organize a film screening here.
If you manage or work with an affordable housing property, shelter, assisted living property, or other development that has used federal housing funds, consider hosting a site visit and tour with your elected officials. Learn more on how you can organize a site-visit here.
IN-DISTRICT MEETING WITH YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
If your group is small but still wants to have a significant impact during the Our Homes, Our Voices Week of Action, scheduling an in-district meeting with your Member of Congress or their staff is a highly effective tool. Learn more on how you can organize an in-district meeting here.
GRASSROOTS DAY OF ACTION
A day of action can include gathering low-income resident leaders or advocates and providing talking points and messaging for phone calls to DC offices and/or a letter writing campaign. Learn more on how you can organize a grassroots day of action here.