Your Voice Is Powerful
HRB has heard directly from members of City Council and Planning Commission that letters from constituents inform their actions. Let them know you want to see more affordable housing on Bainbridge Island and give them the courage and clarity to act.
HRB sends out Advocacy Alerts when housing-related issues are on the agenda at City Hall, and we need you to stand up for housing by writing a letter or making public comment. They contain background information, a recommended action, and key points in support of that action. But drafting a letter or speaking out at a meeting can be a daunting task. So we’ve provided a template for letter writing with plenty of examples to help you capture the facts and share your lived experience. It is intended to dovetail with an Advocacy Alert (note that the examples below are generic and are not tied to a particular alert). We’ve also provided some guidelines for making public comment. Our hope is that these materials will inspire and guide—not dictate. To produce the most effective communication, we encourage you to draw on your own knowledge base and personal writing and speaking style.