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Housing Justice on the Ballot: A Ballot Initiative Guide

March 21, 2023

Last fall, PolicyLink launched the Housing Justice on the Ballot webinar series. In continuation of that critical work, PolicyLink and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (which the Public Justice Center facilitates) co-authored a guide for tenant organizers, housing advocates, legal advocates, and anyone interested in bringing housing justice to life by advancing renter protections on the ballot.

Whether groups are in the beginning stages of exploring a ballot initiative campaign for their jurisdiction and want to prepare themselves for the journey, or they are inviting partner organizations to join an existing campaign and want them to know what to expect for the path ahead — this guide is meant to support campaigns from policy idea to implementation. Most importantly, this guide is filled with advice and tips from campaign leaders nationwide who have successfully led ballot initiative campaigns for housing justice or are currently running one. Their stories are captured in case studies spread throughout the guide, and their wisdom — the foundation on which this guide is based — is an invaluable resource for housing justice campaigns to come. Check out the webinar on the Ballot Initiative Guide!

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The guide was written by Tram Hoang and Jasmine Rangel of PolicyLink and Amanda Insalaco of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel and the Public Justice Center.