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You can communicate with your state and federal representatives by sending a letter, email or making a phone call.
Always make clear what your "ask" is - what you would like your legislator to do. For example, "Please support funding for new scattered site units of permanent supportive housing." Be as specific as you can.
And be clear about what your issue is - legislators get contacted about hundreds of issues each year. Briefly cover the basics with a short description of the problem you are addressing in your advocacy.
Add a personal touch - let your legislator know why you care about the issue. For example, you provide services to individuals and families who are homeless or if you develop affordable housing.
If you work for a program that provides housing or services, invite your legislators to attend an event such as a tenant meeting or anniversary celebration. These events are a great opportunity to meet consumers and see the good work that you are doing in action. This is especially effective if you are asking for more funding of an existing program - policy makers appreciate solutions that bear results!