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Roadmap Home 2030
Housing California

A home for California

With systemic racism and a worsening housing and homelessness crisis keeping millions of Californians from finding stability—it was time to think collectively about creating real solutions. In collaboration with Housing California, Swell created and amplified The Roadmap Home, a comprehensive legislative strategy to champion racial equity and end homelessness in California by 2030.

Roadmap Home 2030 – The Challenge

1 — The Challenge

Creating a compelling, accessible message while driving policy action at the top

In a state where broken promises are as common as In-N-Out Burgers, our challenge was complex.

First and foremost, how do we convince a disenchanted, skeptical public that change is possible? While the desire to end homelessness is real, a legacy of half-baked plans from nonprofits and politicians has made public buy-in tough to earn.

Most important—and essential to convincing the public that change is within reach—was creating a vision and a policy platform that unified the many different stakeholders in the space: homeless advocates, affordable housing advocates and developers, racial justice advocates, and tenants’ rights advocates.

Roadmap Home 2030 – The Brand

2 — The Brand

Standing up and standing out

With an issue so familiar to us all, our goal was to create a dynamic and bold brand that captured just how sweeping, comprehensive, and urgent the campaign is. The bright color palette allows us to point towards the optimistic future that the Roadmap envisions, and the typography provides flexibility and friendliness in application.

Ultimately, our brand identity grounds our message that we are all together in this bold journey to create affordable homes, end homelessness, protect low-income renters, and close the racial equity gap in housing and homelessness in our golden state.

Brand Identity — The brand was evolved from a previous iteration with a more vibtant color palette and illustration style. The use of subtly off-registered colors is a reference to the printing process and the ever-evolving and imperfect work of solving such a crucial issue at scale.

The Logo — Combining two shapes that make up the name “Roadmap Home” created an effortless logo that uses both a literal map, and a depiction of housing.

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Roadmap Home 2030 – The Website

3 — The Website

Providing you with your policy advocacy arsenal

Utility and accessibility were the North Star.

With an extensive report including key search findings, legislative recommendations, and over 50 Roadmap-endorsed state and federal policies, we built our website to quickly and easily equip audiences with the information they need to take action.

Compelling statistics, streamlined fact sheets, and digestible copy transformed a complex research report into a powerful call to action.

The Website — Our approach to the website was to make complex ideas simple. Clear hierarchy and information display was used to guide users to the areas of the site with the most utility for them.

Roadmap Home 2030 – Print Materials

4 — Print Materials

Spreading the word

Our team worked to distill the roadmap into separate, easily digestible documents for users to download, print, and share with their networks.

Collateral — Materials included a condensed Executive Summary, a comprehensive Roadmap, an Appendix with in-depth information, and year-end reports to document the progress.

The Report — For those looking to dive deep into the data, the entire report was created using an easily editable system for download and print.

Roadmap Home 2030 – Social Media

5 — Social Media

Education, advocacy, and a little spice

At launch, the primary goal of our social media creative was to grow our base of supporters and drive immediate political action. To make the Roadmap Home’s social media presence feel more coordinated and compelling, we were intentional about demystifying policy proposals through compelling graphics, dynamic memes, and quick responses to breaking news. This supported the Roadmap’s policy and advocacy work by teaching our audience about relevant historical events and their impact today, clarifying concepts and terms related to housing advocacy, and highlighting proven solutions and work being done today to improve the state’s outlook. We were careful to applaud leaders and partners when they took concrete action to support ending the housing and homelessness crisis, and to be specific in articulating what we needed them to do next.

Roadmap Home 2030 – Activation

6 — Activation

Reaching a critical mass year over year

To hold our elected officials accountable, we utilized click-to-email campaigns to increase political pressure on a number of priority Roadmap Home issues. These microsprints helped lead legislators to commit to long-term housing and homelessness solutions through the annual state budget, for example, which committed a historic $12 billion to housing and homelessness solutions, or through end-of-session final policy pushes.

At the same time, our ads startegy grew the audience, and engaged them in actions to support the campaign goals. These included pushes for endorsements among public citizens and people of influence, as well as an evergreen email-your-elected campaign to solicit political support for and commitment to the Roadmap’s priorities.

Endorsement — Our ads strategy drove engagement through an endorsement page that created a database of supporters we could leverage for action.

Animated Ads — In select placements, animated ads were created to tell a more in-depth story.

Roadmap Home 2030 – The Impact

7 — The Impact

Making history while shaping the future

Our work in collaboration with countless dedicated organizations, advocates, and policymakers led to a state budget that invests $12 billion to address our state’s housing and homelessness crisis—the largest investment California has ever made to end homelessness. And that’s only Year 1.

In the weeks, months, and years to come, our coalition is growing to make sure those investments and legislative victories continue, and ensure critical bills in our plan pass so no family falls through the cracks.

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