The most crucial component to changing affordable housing policy is engaging with your local, state, and federal elected officials. You can engage them over the phone and email, in a letter, at community events, by scheduling visits at their office, or even asking them to take action via a letter to the editor. Follow this link for more detailed information on these action steps.
Citizen Lobbyist Tips
The best lobbyists are citizens who schedule visits and respectfully talk to their legislators about issues that are important to them. As a citizen lobbyist you hold a powerful position traditional lobbyists do not: you are a voting constituent and you know other voting constituents.
One-on-one conversations can be a very effective means of conveying the message of affordable housing. Legislators often get the important information they need from the community through meetings.