April 6, 2018

Legislative Action Day 2018 - How to Take Action

On April 17, Enterprise will hold its seventh annual Legislative Action Day. Representatives from Enterprise’s offices across the country will join our senior leadership team, D.C. staff and partners from the Enterprise Community Leadership Council for meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of funding for affordable housing and community development programs. 

Legislative Action Day is a great opportunity for staff with on the ground experience to share local stories with elected officials and make the case for additional funding to support critical programs. But this is a conversation that needs to continue beyond April 17, with as many people as possible voicing their support.

You don’t need to come to Washington to make your voice heard. Here are some tips and tools to help you in your outreach. 

How to Take Action: 

  1. Call, write, and tweet at your representatives and senators to highlight how these dollars are used locally and communicate the need for more housing that working families can afford.
  2. Add your organization’s name and send the Section 4 organizational sign-on letter and the HOME organizational sign-on letter to your members of Congress.
  3. Schedule in-district meetings or property visits with your members of Congress or their district and state staffers.
  4. Organize or participate in a Housing Week of Action (May 1-8) event in your area. 

Not sure what to say once you’ve decided to pick up the phone or scheduled a meeting?

The resources below can help guide your conversation: 

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

The ACTION Campaign has created an advocacy toolkit that anyone can use to advocate for the Housing Credit.

The toolkit includes:

  • Background on the importance and need for the Housing Credit
  • Bill summaries and bill text on legislation to strengthen and expand the Housing Credit
  • Sample letters to members of Congress requesting co-sponsorship of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (H.R. 1661/S. 548)
  • Talking points on the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds
  • State and district fact sheets

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

The HOME Coalition has a number of useful tools to help inform conversations about the need for funding, including: 

  • Background on the importance of the HOME program
  • Data on HOME’s impact broken down by state and district
  • Success stories

Section 4 Capacity Building Program

Community Development Block Grant

The CDBG fact sheet includes background on the impact and role of the CDBG program. 

For more information on how you can be involved in the FY19 appropriations process, sign up for Community Developments, Enterprise’s daily email providing a quick overview of affordable housing and community development news, and Capitol Express, our more in-depth biweekly newsletter.

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