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Voter & Candidate
Engagement Toolkit

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

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our Homes, our votes

media Toolkit

Sample op-eds, social media content,

and other materials.



How to Organize a Successful Ballot Measure

Campaign for Affordable Homes

voter engagement tools

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. 


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

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

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

This guide considers voter engagement goals, traditional tactics used, physically distanced tactics, and examples of virtual tools and platforms for achieving similar outcomes.

Our Homes, Our Votes

Engagement Plan

This template includes fillable checklists and tips for your organization to plan a comprehensive voter registration, education, and mobilization campaign.

State-Specific Flyers

Download flyers with key information about voting in each state, including voter registration and vote-by-mail deadlines.

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.

Engagement Tools

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.

Election Information for Federally Funded Housing Programs

Office of Multifamily Housing Programs

Announcement that clarifies permissible voter engagement activities for HUD Multifamily-assisted properties.

Office of Public and Indian Housing

Announcement that clarifies permissible voter engagement activities for PHAs.

USICH Election Guide for Homeless Service Providers

Checklist for helping people who do not have a permanent address to vote.

USICH Step-by-Step Voting Guide for People Experiencing Homelessness

Checklist for how to vote without a permanent address.


Policy Priorities

Access NLIHC's policy priorities.

National Housing
Trust Fund

General information on the national Housing Trust Fund.

Housing Needs by State

Explore data about the housing shortage and cost-burdens in your state and congressional district.

National Housing Preservation Database Profiles

Explore your state's affordable housing inventory and the risks it faces

Information about the housing crisis and housing solutions that can be discussed with candidates



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 2021

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.

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