A number of participants, including more low income advocates than ever before, joined NLIHC for our annual Housing Policy Conference and Lobby Day, March 27-30. The energetic crowd attended 40 workshops, took in four plenary speeches, visited exhibit tables from NLIHC staff and partners, and made their way to Capitol Hill prepared to advocate effectively for the housing needs of extremely low income people.
Workshop sessions addressed a wide range of housing policy topics and included a special track devoted to issues of particular interest to low income residents. Plenary sessions brought the large and diverse crowd together for rousing messages and calls to action that had attendees on their feet.
The conference also offered opportunities for attendees to network and relax. Sunday evening’s Welcome Center allowed attendees to check in early and meet and mingle with NLIHC State Partners and board members. Many attendees gathered at the reception Monday night to enjoy refreshments and conversation.
The conversation continued on the Web. NLIHC used Facebook and Twitter to keep attendees as well as those at home engaged, providing real-time updates on the plenary sessions and selected workshops.
Wednesday’s Lobby Day marked the conclusion of the conference. Attendees made their way to meetings with their congressional delegations after breakfast and a stop at the Legislative Action Center, where NLIHC staff provided talking points, directions, and data from the Congressional District Profiles to support advocates’ efforts.
Attendees’ advocacy will continue to be felt after Lobby Day. Half in Ten, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Leadership Center, and the Coalition on Human Needs, brought its storybanking effort to the conference, recording video of attendees’ personal testimony on the value of federal programs in their lives.
The following articles provide in-depth coverage of conference events.
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