Affordable housing is too often misunderstood. Many residents in our region work extremely hard to provide the services we rely on every day, yet still do not make enough money to afford the average rent. As a community, we have a responsibility to speak up and support affordable housing.
 Matt Huerta, MBEP Housing Program Manager, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership 

Enter our Action Center to make your voice heard!



MBEP and the residents of our region need you to be an advocate for housing at the local, state and/or federal level. We invite you to learn more by reading the information on this page and encourage you to take action today. Your voice does matter! 

Housing Advocacy Calendar

MBEP’s housing advocacy calendar provides information for public events as they relate to local housing issues.

Do you know of an event that needs advocacy and should be on our calendar?
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Want to view the housing advocacy calendar by county? Click the drop down arrow on the far top-right corner of the calendar. 

What is Housing Advocacy?

Housing advocacy is a way to make your voice heard and influence the outcome of a project or policy at the local, state or federal level. There are several ways you can be a housing advocate. Housing advocacy activities include:
  • Promoting an issue among your social networks
  • Calling or writing to your elected officials
  • Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Writing to the City Council, Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors
  • Attending City Council, Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors meetings
  • Meeting with your elected officials or their staff
Why Housing Advocacy?

  • To promote sound housing policy
  • To voice your approval of housing development
  • To support the natural growth of our community
Who Engages in Housing Advocacy Activities?

Anyone can engage in housing advocacy and MBEP has provided some resources below to make it easy for you to get started.

Also, if you have a specific housing policy or project you would like MBEP to consider supporting please complete one of the following endorsement forms: Policy Endorsement Request or Project Endorsement Request
Helpful Resources for Advocacy Communication:
Where Can I go to Learn More About Advocacy?