This webpage is dedicated to providing members with current, easy-to-use tools for participating in grassroots advocacy. Ultimately, these toolkits will assist all NAHMA members in becoming effective grassroots advocates. Current grassroots topics and opportunities for participation in advocacy may be found on the ‘Urgent Issues‘ page.
Getting Started with Advocacy
- Grassroots Advocacy Basics – Learn what grassroots advocacy is, why it’s important for our industry, and how to get involved
- Advocacy Toolkit – Use our toolkit to get started with advocacy today!
- NAHMA Advocacy Challenges – Join NAHMA’s Advocacy Challenges to compete for points and prizes while advocating for affordable housing
- Meetings with Lawmakers – Resources for scheduling, preparing, and meeting with your elected officials in Washington and in your district
- 117th Congress Who to Contact for Affordable Housing Policy – An overview of the the key Congressional members and committees that will likely impact affordable housing policies in the 117th Congress.
- Property Tours Keys to Success – “Keys to Success” for planning a property visit with elected officials or their staff
- Resident Engagement Activities “Keys to Success for planning an advocacy activity with your residents and staff (Summer 2018)
- Urgent Grassroots Issues – The latest NAHMA action campaigns
- NAHMA Maps – Affordable housing statistical information for Congressional Representatives
- AHMA 501(c)3 Organizations and Lobbying – Federal guidelines in lobbying and the role of the AHMAs in the advocacy process
Getting Involved with Advocacy at NAHMA
- Support NAHMA’s Regulatory-Legislative Advocacy Fund! Your contribution funds NAHMA’s government affairs and other grassroots activities that keep the affordable housing industry’s perspective at the forefront of the congressional and federal regulatory agendas.
- NAHMA Grassroots Advocacy Task Force – Join NAHMA’s new “Grassroots Advocacy Task Force” to advance the association’s position on federal legislation affecting affordable housing through grassroots initiatives. View our 2018-2019 Advocacy Timeline or contact us to join the task force.
- Join NAHMA’s Strategic Foresight Network – Join our network of volunteer subject matter experts to regularly collect and share the latest information on emerging issues in affordable housing.
Affordable Housing Policy Issues
- NAHMA 2021 Top Legislative Priorities (May 2021) – NAHMA’s key policy issues 2021
- National FY21 Rental Assistance Fact Sheet – Fact Sheet for lawmakers explaining the impacts of Rental Assistance programs nationwide, as well as NAHMA’s FY21 funding requests for housing programs
- Fiscal Year 2021 Template Funding Letter to Congress – Sample letter to lawmakers about the importance of timely funding…customize it for your property needs!
- LIHTC Advocacy Resources from the ACTION Campaign providing information on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and how Congress can support this essential program.
- CHCDF FY21_Funding-Letter – Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) FY21 Funding Letter
- Public Testimony and Industry Letters – NAHMA testimony and letters submitted to Congress or federal agencies
- Cities Where You Can Afford to Work and Live® – NAHMA’s initiative in response to the nation’s severe shortage of affordable rental housing
How to Find Your Congressional Representatives
- NEW! Write directly to your Senators and Representatives! Visit this free grassroots tool: https://democracy.io/#!/
- Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
- Representatives: https://www.house.gov/ and enter zip-code in upper right-hand corner
- You may also search for your elected officials using your address through an unaffiliated website here
- Learn about key legislators for housing issues in the 116th Congress
Executive Member Advocacy Testimonials
- Testimonial from past NAHMA President, Gianna Solari (youtube.com)
- Testimonial from former NAHMA President, Phil Carroll (youtube.com)
NAHMA is happy to help you decide what times are best to visit Capitol Hill, who you would like to meet with, and how to best present your message. If you would like NAHMA to schedule the appointment on your behalf, simply contact NAHMA’s Government Affairs Team. Alternatively, if you would like to meet with a member of Congress and it is more convenient to schedule a visit in your Representative’s District, please contact us so that we may provide any additional assistance.
Please note that participating in a NAHMA request for communication with your Congressional representatives will not cause you to be considered a Lobbyist under federal guidelines. The definition for Lobbyist under federal guidelines is as follows, and all three conditions must be met:
Lobbyist: Any individual (1) who is either employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation (2) whose services include more than one lobbying contact; and (3) whose “lobbying activities” constitute 20 percent or more of his or her services on behalf of thatclient during any three month period.