We advocate for equitable housing policies.

One of the most critical functions to advance our mission is to participate in the civic process and ensure that our state and local policies are supporting both the development of affordable housing and the residents who live there.

The Advocacy Committee drives Imagine Housing & Red Vines 1’s efforts to inform policy that supports and funds affordable housing. We build support for affordable housing by educating state and local elected officials as well as the general public about housing issues.

The Advocacy Committee participates in community conversations about housing and holds local governments accountable to the low-income members of our community. In the last year, the Advocacy Committee:

  • 4Attended city council meetings across the Eastside and testified in support of funding ARCH, signing on to Affordable Housing Week, and increasing each city’s budget allocation for affordable housing
  • Attended Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia
  • Wrote letters to every Eastside city council
  • Met with State Representatives and Senators from Districts 1, 5, 41, 45, and 48
  • Participated in the collaborative development of 2017 state and local advocacy agendas
  • Teamed up with other East King County housing and service providers to form an Eastside housing stakeholders group
  • Participated in two Leadership Eastside Civic Incubator groups focused on affordable housing policy and strategy

Learn more about the Advocacy Committee here. Want to get involved? There are plenty of opportunities!

Join the committee: We are recruiting new volunteers to join our advocacy committee. See the position description here.

Join our Eastside Advocate base: Be available to respond to action alerts like calling or emailing your representative, signing a petition, or attending a council meeting.

Stay informed: Subscribe to our advocacy mailing list below and follow us on social media. It is a critical role to help us get the word out and educate more community members about the importance of affordable housing in creating healthy, inclusive communities. 

For questions, contact Kathryn Jacoby