NLIHC’s 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement will address fair housing in American on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Confirmed and invited speakers include Richard Rothstein, the author of The Color of Law and research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) has been invited to speak about the affordable housing landscape and building the movement to rebalance federal housing policy to address homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S. The Forum will take place in Washington, DC, March 19-21, 2018. Register today.
The Forum will provide a wide array of opportunities to engage with affordable housing advocates, thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, housing providers, low income residents, and leaders from Capitol Hill and the administration about building the affordable housing movement in 2018 and beyond. In addition to addressing fair housing, the Forum will explore the threats and opportunities for affordable housing in 2018 and beyond; the keys to resident-led organizing; successful state and local organizing; making housing an issue with the media; and effective story-telling for affordable housing. The forum will also feature sessions on a national campaign to expand the affordable housing movement with non-traditional allies; non-partisan voter registration, engagement and mobilization prior to the 2018 elections; getting candidates for public office to address affordable housing in their campaigns; using dynamic research to change the story and influence policy solutions; ensuring housing protections for LGBTQ individuals; housing the formerly incarcerated; and others. There will also be opportunities to engage with leaders and staff at HUD and in Congress on affordable housing challenges, solutions and priorities.
The 2018 Housing Leadership Award honorees, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Matt Desmond, and Lisa Hasegawa, will be recognized for their contributions to affordable housing at NLIHC’s annual Housing Leadership Reception on the evening of March 20 (separate ticket is required).
A limited number of shared-lodging hotel scholarships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to low income residents who are NLIHC members and who pay their own Forum registration fee (“self-pay participants”). Scholarships will be awarded to ensure a broad geographic distribution. A special session for low income residents will be held on the morning of March 19. To apply for a scholarship, send an email expressing interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.