Know Your Elected Officials, the Legislative Process and other Online Advocacy Resources
As important as it is to making your voice heard, it is important to know who needs to hear you. To find out who your elected officials are, please visit votesmart.org and enter your mailing address and zip code. The finder will tell you every elected official that represents you and the legislative and congressional districts in which you reside.
As we fine-tune the message that we want to share with our elected officials on how homelessness impacts the community and the programs aimed at preventing and ending it, we must also familiarize ourselves with the legislative process.
Below is a list of websites and agencies that are important to familiarize yourself with in our work together to end homelessness.
- THOMAS - The Library of Congress online – The Library of Congress THOMAS website is the source for federal legislative information. THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, activity in Congress, and schedules and calendars of congressional action.
- The United States House of Representatives online
- The United States Senate online
- United States Interagency Council on Homelessness(USICH) - USICH is an independent agency within the federal executive branch and is composed of 19 Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. USICH partners with these 19 federal agencies, state and local governments, advocates, service providers, and people experiencing homelessness to achieve the goals outlined in the first federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- National Alliance to End Homelessness - National nonprofit and nonpartisan organization working to end homelessness.
- National Coalition for Homeless Veterans –A national nonprofit organization that provides resources and technical assistance to community based service providers that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, and other resources to thousands of homeless veterans each year.
- Disability.gov: Connecting the Disability Community to Information & Opportunities