On the morning of Thursday October 15th, advocates, service providers and community members came together for our first virtual IForum of 2020 to learn more about how we can imbed civic engagement in our efforts to advancing equitable housing and homelessness policies and practices.
The panel consisted of three macro social workers engaged in policy work at the local, state and national level of practice:
Angela Bellas from the Nancy A Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work spoke about the barriers and inequities that exist in voting and how we can work against those barriers in our efforts to make homelessness a rare, brief and one time experience.
Tori Bourret with the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) spoke about how voting in all elections (municipal, state and federal) can create more secure and equitable living situations for renters, and also mentioned some initiatives the NLIHC is engaged in to collaborate with service providers and renters in the country.
Lastly, Sarah Fox with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness spoke about how housing/homeless service providers can engage their clients/consumers in voter registration, mobilization and education efforts. She also shared many state resources highlighting more details on the voting process during the pandemic and important dates leading up to the 2020 General Election.
Please make sure you and those in your circle of impact are registered and ready to vote on November 3rd!
For more resources and information shared during the event, click here.