Tools for Local Action Steps
The Success Equation unites community to reduce and prevent the impact of poverty so all children can thrive. This is accomplished by working with decision makers at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for public policies that support and improve the lives of families- especially those unable to afford food, housing, early childhood learning and healthcare.
• Pass policies for the City’s Housing Trust Fund (and other housing efforts) to include homeownership, align with existing need, extend affordability period, address rehab/gentrification and protect renters.
• Publicly accessible meetings to create a county affordable housing strategy/ plan (ideally in consultation with City of Asheville’s efforts) that offers increased funding, zoning changes, and incentives to promote development that aligns with affordability needs & protects existing affordability (including a plan for mobile home developments)
To find out more about other agencies involved in housing affordability, please click here.
• Win support for ART funding that results in 7 days, full day (until 10 pm), and increased frequency on major routes.
Early Childhood Care & Education
• Support the Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative financing ideas and identify and win public and private funding commitments to begin implementation. To find out more about this collaborative and other agencies involved in early childhood care and education, please click here.
How to Get Involved with Local Government
• Affordable Housing Advisory Committee : No more than 9 members that meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m., 5th Floor Large Conference Room, Asheville City Hall.
• Housing and Community Development Committee: Made up of City Council members who provide policy recommendations to Council on all matters relating to the creation and maintenance of housing within the city and all matters relating to the alleviation of homelessness and services provided to homeless individuals within the city. You can access the minutes of each meeting here.
• Multimodal Transportation Commission: 9 voting members and 3 non-voting members, made up of Asheville City residents. Two voting members represent transit interests, two voting members represent greenway interests, two voting members represent bicycle/pedestrian interests, and three are at-large members. Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room in City Hall.
• Transit Commission: Consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. Meets on the 3rdTuesday of each month from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the 4th Floor Training Room at the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. 28801.
Make YOUR VOICE Heard
• Did you know that the average phone call to your elected officials to let them know how you stand on an issue takes as little as 3 minutes? If you call your city council member or county commissioner, you may actually speak to your elected official or leave a voicemail. You don’t have to be prepared for a debate; you don’t need to be an expert on the issue; you just need to know how you stand on the issue.
• Example of a script for calling your elected officials “Hi, my name is ___________. I live in _______ County. I’m calling in support/opposition of ___________ decision. This is important to me because I believe_____________.
• Write a letter to local media or to your elected officials about an issue that impacts children and families. Make a quick and easy phone call to your elected officials to let them know if you support or oppose legislation.
• Here are some examples of letters to help guide you.
Make YOUR VOICE Count for Kids!
• Sign up for our Action Alerts for up-to-the-minute alerts on important policy decisions and ways you can make your voice count for kids!
• Follow us on our Success Equation Facebook page and on Twitter @CFCISAdvocacy to receive information and updates on how you can help create a community where all children can thrive.
• Volunteer to participate in monthly phone banking to inform our neighbors on important issues impacting children and families. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org.
• Sign up for our monthly Success Equation newsletter. Contact Jodi Ford at JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org or call 828-620-9091.