52. Contact Your Government Representatives
Our legislators rarely receive more than three visits or ten letters about
any subject. When the numbers exceed that amount, they sit up and take note.
Personal visits are the most potent. Letters are next; telephone calls are third
Housing issues don't come up that often, so your public officials will
listen, particularly if you write as a constituent who is not a housing advocate
whose job depends on increased funding or a tenant trying to hold on to an
apartment. So let your government representatives know that you're concerned
about housing, job training, health care, inner-city education, and support
services. And keep letting your legislators know that your vote may be decided
by their stand on those issues.