Bellwether Housing flexed its advocacy muscles earlier this month when we turned out nearly 20 staff members, board members, and residents to Washington State Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia. The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA) brought together hundreds of housing advocates from across the state to make our presence and policy agenda known on at the State Capitol. Bellwether Housing attendees met with their districts’ legislators to share stories of why affordable housing matters and what bills we want to see made into law to ensure that all Washingtonians have a safe and affordable home. The day also included workshops to hone our advocacy skills and a rally on the Capitol steps during which hundreds of voices joined together to call for ending homelessness and housing all Washingtonians.
Bellwether Housing has stayed active in advocacy recently by turning out staff and board members to hearings to speak in favor of developing affordable homes on surplus land in Fort Lawton and to support Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability Program. Want to get involved in housing advocacy yourself? To start taking action, visit the websites of our partners the Housing Development Consortium and WLIHA.