Who is an advocate?
An advocate is passionate about a specific issue, and works to influence others to support their cause. There are many ways to advocate. This can range from sending an email or making a phone call, to asking legislators to a coffee meeting, or even testifying.
When planning to speak with a policy-maker, remember to:
Be prepared and educated
Look for a compromise
Do not send nasty emails or messages
Want to learn how to lobby? Check out LOBBYING 101 from the National Coalition for the Homeless.
How to become a successful advocate
Know the Current Events
Know the Issues
Learn more about Federal Advocacy
Take action on federal initiatives. Be informed and help raise awareness of national responses to homelessness.
Learn more about State Advocacy
Take action on state-wide initiatives. Be informed and help raise awareness of state responses to homelessness.
Learn more about Local Advocacy
Take action on local initiatives. Be informed and help raise awareness of city and local responses to homelessness.
Know Your Elected Officials
Denver City Council
City Council makes laws, budgets City money, and has authority to investigate City agencies and employees. The Denver City Council has 13 members, 11 from equally populated districts and two elected at large. Get to know your current City Council members.
Colorado General Assembly
The Colorado General Assembly is comprised of the Colorado Senate and the Colorado House of Representatives. The Colorado Senate includes 35 members with terms of four years, with a maximum of two terms. The Colorado House of Representatives has 65 representatives working in two year terms, with a maximum of four terms. Learn about all your current Colorado Senators and Representatives. Find the legislators that represent YOU, how to contact them, bills they've introduced, committees they serve on, and political contributions they've received.
United States Congress
Federal laws are made by Congress, the legislative branch of the government. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 Representatives and 100 Senators. Representatives are allocated by state based on population and serve two-year terms. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members in addition to its 435 voting members. Each state has equal representation in the Senate, two per state. Currently, there are 100 senators representing the 50 states and each will serve a six-year term. Learn more about all your current U.S. Senators and Representatives. Find the members of Congress that represent YOU, how to contact them, bills they've introduced, committees they serve on, and political contributions they've received.
Know Our Partners
We know that the key to making changes is working as a community with a common goal. Learn more about other organizations joining in the fight against homeless and greater access to housing and health care.