Action Steps:



Causes to get involved in:

·         Homeless Rights

o   Homeless Advocacy Project (http://www.homelessadvocacyproject.org/)

·         Human Rights

o   The Human Relations Commission (http://www.phrc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/phrc_home/18970)

·         Funding for Low Income Housing Scattered Site Development

·         Making the Minimum Wage a Livable Wage

o   Living Wage Calculator (http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/42011)

·         Universal Pre-K

o   Please support HeadStart and other early education programs.

·         Funding to Develop and Sustain Low Income Housing

·         Funding for Discharge Planning and Services for Persons Exiting Jail

·         Funding for Discharge Planning and Services for Persons Exiting the Foster Care System



Places to connect to:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

www.cbpp.org

The National Alliance to End Homelessness

www.naeh.org

Family Homelessness

www.familyhomelessness.org

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

www.nlchp.org

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

www.icphusa.org

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

www.nchv.org



Sample Advocacy Letter:

Date

Title of Recipient 
Address of Recipient

Re: Bill Number or Topic

  
Dear [Recipient’s title and name],

Open with the purpose of your letter: to express your concern about a problem, urge support or opposition for bill, request the introduction of a new bill, etc. State what the position you would like the recipient to take. Indicate right away that you are constituent (if writing to a legislator).

Explain the problem in a concise and factual manner. If you are writing about a bill, state what it would do and how the bill’s passage would affect you and your community.

Thank him or her and respectfully request a response.

Sincerely,

Your name, address and email

Find your Representative:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Find your State Representative:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm