Civic Engagement Initiatives

When we elevate the voices of community members with lived experiences, we are better equipped to advance policies that are more effective, holistic, culturally appropriate, and sustainable. Through the Housing Alliance’s Civic Engagement Initiatives, we work to create space and platforms for individuals from underrepresented communities to take actions to impact and improve housing and healthcare policies and lend their expertise in making decisions that affect their lives and health.

Listen & Act 4 Housing & Health 

The Housing Alliance is partnering with the PA Health Access Network and its BeHeard BeHealthy PA initiative. The Housing Alliance’s Listen & Act 4 Housing & Health (LA4HH) civic engagement project will incorporate the voices of people with lived experience and expertise to make substantial positive changes in the rust belt, rural, and inner-ring suburb communities. 

LA4HH has four aims: 

  1. Engage local community members on strategies to create change in programs, their communities, and the Commonwealth; 
  2. Assist in identifying policies and programs to reduce the barriers to quality housing,   
  3. Champion for policy initiatives at the state and federal levels,   
  4. Construct tools to help community members to engage elected officials and inform policies.   

Ways to get involved:

Host a community conversation where Housing Alliance Staff will engage the people you serve in a discussion about barriers, resources, and supports related to their housing and health. If you are interested, email Jen Thomas at jennifer@housingalliancepa.org or call 412-407-2793.

Participate/Share a series of short surveys where clients of housing assistance programs, residents of affordable housing, and other community members can share their housing, health, and community needs. Download survey flyer here and circulate among your community.

The Housing Alliance will partner with the below organizations that serve people with lived expertise due to housing insecurity to identify various barriers and participate in various civic engagement activities.

Annual Advocacy Days in Washington, DC and Harrisburg, PA

Advocacy Days are events in which people come together from across the state to educate their elected representatives and advocate for increasing housing resources, ending homelessness, and eradicating blight in Pennsylvania. We host Advocacy Days twice a year in Harrisburg and in Washington DC.

Home Matters Day takes place annually in the late spring in Harrisburg. For more details please visit our Home Matters Day Page.

Capitol Hill Day takes place in the early spring in Washington DC in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Learn more about the success of our 2021 Capitol Hill Day.

Advocacy and civic engagement can be a very personal experience. Hear from our own Keena Minifield as she shares her experiences partaking in Home Matters Day and Capitol Hill Day as an advocate and then her transition to our Policy and Civic Engagement Associate.

Home Matters Day takes place annually in the late spring in Harrisburg. For more details please visit our Home Matters Day Page.

Capitol Hill Day takes place in the early spring in Washington DC in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

PA Votes

Voting is often the first step to greater civic participation. We need people who have lived the problem to provide input into the policies that are designed to help them. 

EVERY VOTE MATTERS.

Our democracy is challenged by wide gaps in voter participation tied to income, age, racial disparities and other factors. Through our PA Votes civic engagement initiative, the Housing Alliance is working with 15 organizations from across the state to close those gaps through non-partisan voter engagement and education. With help from our national partner, Nonprofit VOTE, our sites have been registering new voters, sharing critical election information, and helping new and seasoned voters pledge to have their voice be heard.

Our 2022 PA Votes Partners

Allentown Housing Authority
Anthracite Region for Independent Living
Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Catherine McAuley Center
Center for Independent Living South Central PA
Franklin County Coalition for Progress
HACE
HDC MidAtlantic

Hill District Consensus Group
Johnstown Housing Authority
League of Women Voters
Parkview Towers
SELF! Lehigh Valley
Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh
Westmorland Housing Authority

2022 Mid-Term Elections are Right Around The Corner!

Key Pennsylvania 2022 Election Dates

October 24th, 2022- Last Day to Register to Vote by Mail or Online
November 1st- Last Day to Request a Mail Ballot
November 8th- Election Day

You can use our PA Votes digital tool to check on your registration, register and pledge to vote, and help your residents, clients, and staff do the same!

Check out our 2020 report and the video below where four of our community partners shared how they accomplished this feat amid a pandemic.

To learn more about becoming a future PAVotes partner, please email jennifer@housingalliancepa.org