What can a housing advocate do to help?
Educate elected officials about how housing costs impact current residents or workers in your community.
Our research shows 1 in 5 workers in the Twin Cities region is housing cost-burdened. Your elected officials need to hear from you about the specific situation in your community. Advocate for zoning policies responsive to your community’s needs and more funding for housing initiatives.
- Educate yourself on the supply needs of your specific geographic area. Read our report on the region’s future workforce housing needs.
- Explore the Homes for All legislative agenda.
Learn how your community responds to rental building code violations.
Encourage local government to adopt a balanced approach to enforcement that requires basic quality standards while putting tenants at the center of all enforcement decisions.
Improve stability in your community by helping to prevent eviction.
Eviction can create a downward spiral of housing instability. A great deal of work is being done to address the root causes of eviction and enhance housing stability for families. You have a role to play.
- Learn more about our eviction prevention work and get in touch to partner with us.
- Support changes to Housing Courts across the region in order to create a resource-rich environment that addresses the real needs of litigants.
- Advocate for rapid access to flexible emergency assistance dollars to support renters who encounter a financial challenge that leaves them unable to pay their rent in full.
- Work with us to reach out to property owners and help address disputes and problems without an eviction filing.
Evaluate whether your community’s housing stock provides a full range of housing choices.
- Identify housing options that are absent in your community and create a plan to fill these gaps using organizing, advocacy, and lobbying.
- Encourage government bodies to prioritize publicly-owned land for affordable housing.
- Consider life-cycle strategies that help with accessibility or in-home services that keep seniors as part of the community. For example, an ADU can provide options for multigenerational living, housing an adult child with a disability, or aging in place.