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our Homes, our votes: 2020

Voter & Candidate
Engagement Toolkit

All of the most useful resources
on this site bundled into one document.




Policy recommendations to all candidates.


voter engagement tools

Tips for
Voter registration

Here are some tips for effective voter registration efforts.

Best Practices for registering 
Low-income renters

Here are some tips for overcoming common challenges in registration drives.

Partners & Resources for Voter Registration

Resources for voter registration.


A guide for how to plan a voter engagement event in the midst of a pandemic. 

Our Homes, Our Votes
Engagement Plan

A guide to help you assess how best to incorporate voter
registration, education, and mobilization into your
agency’s work.

Virtual Voter Engagement
Strategies and Tools Amidst
the COVID-19 Pandemic

A guide to help voter engagement goals, traditional tactics used, physically distanced tactics, and examples of virtual tools and platforms 

Our Homes, Our Votes

Voter Guide 

A Fillable guide you can use to learn who running for office, where they stand on issues in your community, deadlines, polling locations, and more. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote. 

Our Homes, Our Votes

Voter Pledge Card 

Fillable voter pledge cards are a tool designed to increase voter turnout. These pledge cards can be used as a tool on their own or as part of a larger effort to commit the entire community to 100% voting

Candidate engagement tools

Overview of
candidate engagement

Elections are a fantastic opportunity to get decision makers thinking about housing issues.

tips for
candidate visits

Candidates are allowed to visit your organization and/or any events being held by your organization.

Quick Tips for Successful Candidate Forums

Follow these simple steps for organizing successful candidate forums.

Sample Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate questionnaires serve two purposes.

Tips for Participating in a

Town Hall

Tips on candidate engagement in a

town hall.


NLIHC 2020
Policy Priorities

Access NLIHC's 2020 policy priorities.

National Housing
Trust Fund

General  information on the national Housing Trust Fund.

Housing Trust Fund
Investments in one year

Get details on the various populations served with
 the national Housing Trust Fund 

Download (PDF)

Affordable Housing 

Learn how significant investments in infrastructure 
can help solve the affordable housing crisis.

Over 1,000 Signed the letter

Over 1,000 organizations signed a letter urging the moderators to further the conversation by asking the candidates about the most important issue impacting our economic wellbeing, health, educational success, and so much more – affordable homes.



Tenant Talk, Fall 2020

Housing Is Built With Ballots

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Affordable Housing wins: Leveraging Lessons from 2018 housing ballot initiatives for future efforts

In 2018, advocates and voters confronted affordable rental housing shortages and skyrocketing rents by taking action at the voting booth — and the results have been encouraging.

Tenant Talk, Winter 2018

Affordable homes are built with ballots every bit as much as they are built with bricks and drywall. 


Tenant Talk, fall 2016

Voting Matters


Out of reach 2020

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. The report’s Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs.


the Gap

The Gap presents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels.