2019 Summer of Advocacy
 
 
Keep Up Your Advocacy Efforts All Year Long
 
We hope your dedication to making a difference during the Summer of Advocacy has inspired you to continue your efforts all year long and to create a culture of advocacy at your properties.

Below are some ways you can regularly encourage your residents to be aware of and engaged with issues that impact them. You can also follow the links below to view all of this year’s Summer of Advocacy resources as well as AASC Advocacy Advice, which offers tips on engaging residents, hosting lawmaker visits and more.

  • Make initial voter registration and address updates to voter registration part of your intake and annual assessment process.
  • Build relationships with local, state and federal lawmakers that you can call upon at any time as questions or concerns about policies arise.
  • Regularly inform residents through newsletters or bulletin board postings about law and rule changes that could impact them. AASC’s weekly eBulletin features a Public Policy Update section that can serve as guidance.
  • Organize actively engaged residents who can form a committee to lead advocacy efforts at your properties.
  • Host absentee voting gatherings before each election for residents who can’t get to the polls and partner with other organizations to provide transportation to those who want to cast their ballots in person.
  • Make a tradition out of celebrating Election Day by gathering residents to watch the results come in on a local television station.
  • Add local and county leadership meetings to your calendar and check the agendas to determine when a planned discussion topic or vote could impact residents. City councils, county commissioners, township trustees, village councils and other government bodies typically meet monthly or bi-weekly
 
Week 1 - Rent Reform
The Trump Administration continues to support rent increases for individuals living in affordable housing. Rising rents could result in the loss of housing and force residents to choose between a home and other vital needs such as food and health care. 

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Sample Letter or Email

Sample Telephone Script

Printable Postcard Template

Sample Social Media Message

 
Week 2 - Older Americans Act 
The Older Americans Act expires this fall and must be reauthorized by Congress. The funding in this act supports a wide range of services, including Meals on Wheels, Area Agencies on Aging, transportation and elder justice. 
 

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Sample Letter or Email

Sample Telephone Script

Printable Postcard Template

Sample Social Media Message

 
Week 3 - Federal Funding 
Service coordination and affordable housing are funded through The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget, which must be approved by Congress and the President by each year by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown. Funding increases are necessary to expand housing with services, which many Americans  who are eligible for don’t receive because the need is greater than the availability. 
 

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Sample Letter or Email

Sample Telephone Script

Printable Postcard Template

Sample Social Media Message 

 
Week 4 - Mobilizing Voters
Lawmakers are motivated most by communities they know will vote. If your residents want elected officials to address poverty, affordable housing, health care or any of the  issues address in the Summer of Advocacy, then they need to vote! It’s important that your residents are properly registered to cast their ballots and are informed voters. 
 
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AASC Advocacy Advice 

We know you have ambitious plans for engaging your residents and making a difference. AASC wants to make  reaching your goals easier! Download these AASC Advocacy Advice one-pagers for tips, information and  templates to help you make the most out of your advocacy efforts.

Getting Residents Engaged

Contacting Lawmakers

Building Partnerships

Hosting a Lawmaker Visit

Writing Letters to the Editor