Advocate's Toolbox

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:

Advocacy Resources

Federal Budget Basics

Defines the three key terms most important to understanding the federal government budgeting process.

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THUD Subcommittee Members of Congress

Use this list to discern which members of Congress preside over community development issues.

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Trump Administration Tracker

Use this helpful tracker to stay on top of confirmations of key planning officials in the new administration.

Get the Tracker

Legislative Action Center

Take action on the most pressing issues related to planning with this quick and easy to use resource hub.

Take Action

Best Practices

Emailing Elected Officials

Use this guide to send emails that convey a clear and timely message to elected officials.

Email Guide

Scheduling a Visit

Use this step-by-step guide to schedule a meeting with your elected officials in Washington or in the district office.

Scheduling Guide

Planning a Site Visit

Use this check list to plan a site visit or tour for your elected officials.

Site Visit Checklist

Sample Scheduling Request

Use this template to request an in-person meeting with your elected official.

Sample Scheduling Request

Sample Thank-You Note

Use this template to write your own personalized thank yous to your elected officials.

Sample Thank-You Note

Planning a State Hill Day

Use this checklist and timeline to determine how to setup a successful day on the Hill.

State Advocacy Day Workbook

State Advocacy Day Timeline


Get ideas for advocacy by watching these webinars.

Advocacy Webinars

Success Stories

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián 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.

HUD Briefing Book

Community development programs like CDBG and HOME play a critical role in making our communities stronger. APA Virginia Chapter President George Homewood provides a great example of how these programs have benefitted his community in Norfolk, Virginia.

How HOME funds make communities stronger