Making an impact through advocacy can be daunting. As APA members, you have special access to this suite of tools needed to make a lasting impression on Capitol Hill, and beyond:
Use this collection of resources, and advocacy 101 videos to learn how to best craft your message.
Federal Budget Basics
Defines the three key terms most important to understanding the federal government budgeting process.
THUD Subcommittee Members of Congress
Use this list to discern which members of Congress preside over community development issues.
Trump Administration Tracker
Use this helpful tracker to stay on top of confirmations of key planning officials in the new administration.
Take action on the most pressing issues related to planning with this quick and easy to use resource hub.
Emailing Elected Officials
Use this guide to send emails that convey a clear and timely message to elected officials.
Scheduling a Visit
Use this step-by-step guide to schedule a meeting with your elected officials in Washington or in the district office.
Planning a Site Visit
Use this check list to plan a site visit or tour for your elected officials.
Sample Scheduling Request
Use this template to request an in-person meeting with your elected official.
Sample Thank-You Note
Use this template to write your own personalized thank yous to your elected officials.
Sample Thank-You Note (doc)
Planning a State Hill Day
Use this checklist and timeline to determine how to setup a successful day on the Hill.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited the City of Wilson, North Carolina in 2016. Planners joined with local agencies and community groups to produce this briefing booklet highlighting the positive impact of federal programs and funding on planning and community development in Wilson.
Community development programs like CDBG and HOME play a critical role in making our communities stronger. George Homewood, APA Virginia Chapter president, provides a great example of how these programs have benefitted his community in Norfolk, Virginia.