2017 Summer of Action

Make this Summer your Season of Advocacy!

This summer, the American Association of Service Coordinators is focusing on advocacy and educating elected officials about service coordination and residents' needs. We need you to get involved!

AASC is planning one action per month this May through September. We'll provide reminders, tools and resources to help you complete each action.

Invite others to join us! Share our Summer of Action flyer.

 

August Action
Meet with your members of Congress, who are working in their districts this month

This month, your members of Congress (two senators and one member of the House of Representatives) will be on recess and working in their home districts.

This is a crucial time to advocate for service coordination. Congress will need to finalize the federal budget for FY 2018 (or pass a continuing resolution, or CR) by the end of September. The federal budget affects funding for service coordinator programs, health care and housing.

Take action this month by visiting your members of Congress (MoCs) at their local (not Washington, DC) offices or by inviting them to your property. Get all the tips, talking points and resources you need to plan your meeting with your MoCs in the document below.

Tips and Talking Points

Take photos! Snap pictures of your residents signing a petition, an MoC speaking at your property, your group at the MoC's office, and everything else you do. We want to see your photos. Send them to info@servicecoordinator.org.

Don't forget – Advocacy isn't just for representatives at the federal level. Meet with state and local officials, too!

Additional Resources
Whether you're visiting an MoC's office or inviting them to your property, you can make a big impression with a few additional resources.

  • Your residents and other property staff. Show your representative that there are many people invested in and affected by their policies. Have residents and staff tell their stories and share concerns.
  • Postcards. If you participated in the July postcard campaign, you can deliver your completed postcards to your representative in person. 
  • Petitions. Before the meeting with your representative, have residents sign a petition with a specific request. Give the petition to your MoC during your meeting. AASC has petitions to save Medicaid and fully fund service coordination programs in the FY 2018 federal budget.
  • Case studies and fact sheets. AASC has additional resources that show the impact of service coordination. Show your MoCs the case studies of real successes in service coordination and fact sheets with additional data. These resources and more can be found at the redesigned Public Policy page.

 

Summer of Action

MAY
Invite your Congressional representatives to your property while they’re home during their recess May 29 – June 2.

 

JUNE
Join the AASC Congress Call Week June 19 – 23. Call your senators and representative to educate them about service coordination.

 

JULY
Participate in AASC's postcard campaign. Get your property staff and residents together to write to your representatives.

     

AUGUST
Schedule a visit at the local offices of your members of Congress, who are working in their districts all month, and your state representatives. Bring residents with you!

 

SEPTEMBER
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to explain service coordination and its importance to your residents and the community.