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Advocacy

Advocacy at Homage

Advocacy plays a critical role in long-term care. Homage is proud to be at the forefront of these efforts, working hard to give a voice to those who need it. We maintain ongoing dialogue with elected officials about the needs of Snohomish County and Washington State’s long-term care system, specifically as it relates to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Part of our advocacy role includes accounting for bills of interest to the aging and disability network as they progress through the legislative process. 

You Can Use Your Voice, Too
If you share our passion for helping people through advocacy, you can get involved, too, no matter your age, profession or skill level.

>> Click here to join our Grassroots Advocacy Network <<

ACTION ALERT: Protect Older Americans Act (OAA) Funding Increases

STEP 1: Call Senator Maria Cantwell (202.224.3441) and Senator Patty Murray (202.224.2621). If you have problems reaching them directly, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.2621.

STEP 2: Ask them to keep pushing for 3 important things:

  1. Congress must pass a final bill with new OAA spending thresholds and NOT a year-long Continuing Resolution (CR) that keeps OAA funding at outdated pre-COVID levels.
  2. Congress must negotiate a strong deal for older adults on FY 2022 levels for Older Americans Act and other aging programs and services.
  3. Congress needs to provide an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) match waiver that should be included in the latest spending bills.

STEP 3: Thank both Senators for being long-standing champions of Older Americans Act services!

Advocacy 101

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is any activity that attempts to influence public policy. At Homage Senior Services, we focus our efforts on issues that affect older adults and people with disabilities. It takes all of us to participate in advocacy so our collective voices will be heard.

Why is Advocacy Important?

Fact: The aging population is the fastest growing population. By 2030, older adults (65+) will double in number and reach 300,000 in Snohomish County. Advocacy efforts are critical to help assure services will be available to those who need it.

Why Should You Become an Advocate?

  • You care
  • You are an expert
  • You are part of a greater whole
  • Older adult issues are important
  • You have the power to change things

How Can I Be An Advocate?

  • Join our Grassroots Advocacy Network. (Click here to download the job description) Email mfrye@homage.org to sign up or learn more
  • Attend town hall meetings and let your individual voice be heard
  • Make phone calls, send emails and letters, use social media, schedule meetings with elected officials and community leaders
  • VOTE! And encourage others to register and vote as well

Contact Us

Phone:  425-740-3787

Email:  advocacy@homage.org

 

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Reference Links

Find Public Officials: To find your Federal government officials visit: www.govtrack.us/congress/members
To find your State legislators visit: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder

National Council on Aging
This is a great site that tells you about bills and how they are passed (it’s kid friendly but it is an easy way to understand the process). It also discusses laws and amendments. https://www.ncoa.org/get-involved/sign-up-for-advocacy/

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, Uniting Across Generations for a Secure Future For more than a quarter century, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) has been active in fighting for older Americans, their children and their families. https://psara.org

American Society on Aging ASA is the go-to source to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with and on behalf of older adults. www.asaging.org

General Rules for Advocacy Learn how to design and implement a legislative advocacy campaign, keyed to specific legislative targets and goals, to support and strengthen your work.   https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/legislative-advocacy/main

Reference Links

To find your Federal government officials visit: www.govtrack.us/congress/members

To find your State legislators visit:

http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder