The topic of affordable housing can be overwhelming, and its complexity can be a barrier for people who are considering becoming advocates. However, advocates do NOT need to know all the details—the many varieties of programs to create affordability, how new housing is financed, the ins and outs of zoning, etc. This type of knowledge can be helpful and can come with time and work. But it’s not necessary before one can become an effective advocate.
However, basic knowledge about the following topics IS important for advocates to develop over time:
These are the topics of the workshops that Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is offering several times in November and December and monthly after that. Please see below for workshop descriptions and schedules. Each workshop is one hour on Zoom.
Additionally, Joining Forces would be happy to do any of these on demand, as well as to provide other workshops if you are interested in learning more about common objections to affordable housing, how housing is developed and paid for, etc.
Affordable Housing 101
This workshop helps advocates develop the knowledge they need to participate comfortably in discussions about affordable housing. It covers:
Advocacy 101 zooms in on the types of change we need to make so that everyone can have a home they can afford. It helps advocates determine what types of advocacy will best fit with their interests, skills, and schedules. It covers:
In this workshop, advocates learn more about the specific ways they can incorporate advocacy into their lives using the tools and communications that Joining Forces provides to the Mobilization Team. It will prepare advocates to prepare for and respond to call to action to make change. It covers:
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