State and Local Advocacy

Creating and maintaining an effective advocacy program at your HBA is a critical part of your organization’s ability to serve as an influential voice for the housing industry in your community.

One of the largest components, and the most important aspect, of an advocacy program is government affairs, the act of being engaged in both legislative and regulatory governmental action.

Grassroots advocacy – bringing a group of like-minded people together for a cause that they believe in –also is an integral component of any well-rounded government affairs program and adds legitimacy and support to the professional lobbying efforts conducted by an association.

NAHB’s Guide to Building a Successful Local Advocacy Program provides guidance and the necessary steps your association should take to establish itself as a leader in your community.

The handbook includes:

  • Government Affairs 101
  • Legislative Affairs vs. Politics: What’s the Difference
  • Government Affairs and Your HBA: The Must-Haves
  • Tracking Legislation and Regulatory Rulemakings
  • How to Testify Before Decision Makers
  • Political Giving
  • Hosting a Legislative Event
  • Building a Grassroots Network

Download the handbook.


Lauren Goodwin