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Candidate engagement

get decision-makers thinking about housing issues

Too often, affordable homes are ignored in the public debate leading up to elections. To elevate housing solutions on the national agenda, candidates for elected office must understand that the issue of affordable housing is important to voters. Elections provide a fantastic opportunity to get decision-makers to think about housing. During election season, it is important to engage with candidates early and often. When engaging with candidates, be sure to stay nonpartisan.

The following resources are designed to help nonprofits plan and carry out their nonpartisan candidate engagement activities.


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This resource provides a set of guiding principles for nonpartisan candidate engagement.

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Follow these eight simple steps to host a successful nonpartisan candidate forum.

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This resource contains guidance to ensure that candidate visits abide by the rules governing 501(c)3 nonprofits.

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This checklist will help you effectively craft a question and get it heard by a candidate at a town hall.

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Use this template as a starting place to formulate a questionnaire for candidates in your own community.


On June 13, 2024, NLIHC sent identical, nonpartisan letters to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) urging them to prioritize the needs of the lowest-income renters in their 2024 party platforms.

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