The affordable housing crisis is growing across the nation. We are seeing this in Evanston—more people coming to Connections for the Homeless for help, more struggling to maintain housing they can’t afford, and more who have lost their homes. Our programs are full, and more people are living outside waiting for an opening. Without more affordable housing, we--Connections and the community--cannot meet the need.
And for more affordable housing to be created, more people need to be demanding it, finding ways to make it happen, supporting action, and fighting opposition. We need your help, and we’ve developed a new membership structure to make it easier for you to get involved.
At the Heart of Membership: Taking Action
The point of our advocacy is to get decision-makers to make decisions that support housing affordability. The best way to influence decision-makers is to have them hear from the people who matter to them—those who vote, who fund their campaigns, whose opinions they respect. Those people are you!
Joining Forces is rolling out a system that will support members in communicating with local and State-level decision-makers at the right time and in effective ways to encourage them to support affordability.
Here’s how it works:
What the Committees Do
Joining Forces’ Committee Members become experts in the topic of their committee. They then work together to do the following:
The Committees we have in place include:
You can learn more about these committees on our updated website.
What the Mobilization Team Does
We encourage all Joining Forces members to be part of the Mobilization Team. This team does not have a lot of meetings and has the following requests for its members:
Here’s what it would look like:
What We Are Asking of Members
Anyone and everyone can join the Joining Forces mailing list, come to monthly meetings and speaker events, and use these to learn more. However, we ask those who want to take action as part of Joining Forces to become Members.
Members are asked to do the following:
You can learn more about membership and other ways to get involved on our website.
Other Joining Forces Activities for All Subscribers
Joining Forces will continue to do the following, all of which are open to all subscribers to our mailing list:
Any Questions about Membership
Please send a note to our Membership Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.