Our County’s participation in this worthwhile event helps to build the movement to ensure that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. CFTH prioritizes its key policy agenda which it shares with the Coalition of Service Providers to the Homeless as well as a growing list of Community Advocates.
Education on how to best advocate to lawmakers and talking points for each of the agenda items is a role that CFTH takes seriously. Offering Advocacy Training 101, the 1.5 hour workshop includes effective ways to share testimony with lawmakers, including appealing to their sense of shared values for voting for a piece of legislation and clearly stating the ask for their support.
2018 Washington State Affordable Housing and Homelessness Legislative priorities were focused on the following three budget and/or policy items:
Source of Income
Banning discrimination based on a renter’s source of income to close a fair housing loophole that allows landlord to discriminate against tenants who use rental assistance
WA Opportunities Act
Securing and increasing funding for programs that prevent an end homelessness through the continued investment of funds from Document Recording Fees