COHHIO is taking part in the National Housing Week of Action on May 1-8 and I ask you to join us! This is a great opportunity for everyone in America who cares about homelessness and housing insecurity to speak up and be heard.
The recent budget deal just boosted HUD funding by 10 percent! And, with Congress working now on next year’s budget bill, there’s a real opportunity to get an additional increase for homeless and housing programs. With your help we can do it again.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Please add your organization to this sign-on letter asking for increased federal support for homeless grants, rental assistance, public housing, CDBG, HOME and the National Housing Trust Fund. We need as many nonprofits, businesses and agencies as possible when we send the letter to members of Ohio’s Congressional Delegation on May 1. (Click here to see the list groups who have already signed.)
- COHHIO has been shooting brief videos of people from many different backgrounds discussing why safe, decent, affordable housing is essential. During the Week of Action we will post these videos on Twitter and Facebook and tag Ohio’s Congressional members to make sure they get the message. Help amplify these “video postcards” by sharing, retweeting and liking them on your social media feeds. Use the hashtag #OurHomesOurVoices
- Get your residents and clients write postcards to Ohio’s members of Congress asking them to increase funding for housing and homeless programs. The Our Homes, Our Voices website has postcards ready to download and print. (Click here for contact information for Ohio’s Congressional Delegation.)
- Call and write your Members of Congress during the Week of Action and ask them to increase investment in affordable housing resources that help low-income families keep a roof over their heads.
Our friends at the National Low Income Housing Coalition have a lot of information and resources on their Our Homes, Our Voices website to help you organize local events, like rallies, site visits, and letter writing campaigns.
This fight doesn’t end May 8 – we’re in it for the long haul. So if you are interested in hosting a tour for your Congressional representative, or if you need help with any of your advocacy efforts, feel free to contact our Advocacy Director Gina Wilt at 614-280-1984 x.139 or email@example.com.
Thanks for supporting the fight to end homelessness and expand affordable housing!