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Lobbying 101
How to reach out to your elected officials

What is lobbying?

Lobbying (from Wikipedia) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. While the IRS places restrictions on the amount of lobbying nonprofits (designated as a 501(c)3) can engage in, individuals are free to contact their Federal and state Congressmen, city or county council members, or other elected officials about concerns they have in their community.

How do I lobby my elected officials?

There are 4 main ways to lobby your elected officials.

  1. Letter writing
  2. Visits
  3. Phone Call
  4. E-mail

What do I say?

How do I find contact information for my elected officials?

What are other ways to get involved in ending homelessness?

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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