“Expanding Affordable Housing Opportunities in Native and Rural Communities” at NLIHC Housing Policy Forum 2020

“Expanding Affordable Housing Opportunities in Native and Rural Communities” will be a featured session at NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2020: Ending Homelessness and Housing Poverty, taking place in Washington, DC, March 25-27.  Register today for the 2020 Policy Forum at: https://bit.ly/2ofWibO

Native and rural communities present unique challenges related to safe, accessible, and affordable housing. Join advocates and staff from key congressional offices for a discussion on how to increase federal resources for preserving and increasing the affordable housing stock in rural areas and on tribal lands. Confirmed and invited speakers include:


Andres Saavedra, Senior Program Officer, Rural LISC


Matthew Traylor, Legislative Assistant,  Office of Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)


Pinky Clifford, Executive Director,  Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing, and NLIHC Board Member


Anne Mavity, Executive Director,  Minnesota Housing Partnership

Other session topics at the Forum include racial equity with Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America!; the Ken Burns Film, “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” and a discussion with the film’s directors, a resident featured in the film, and policy experts; the current state of affordable housing in America – the opportunities and threats; a Capitol Hill Insiders Panel; promoting healthy homes; mobilizing against attacks to housing opportunities; creating and sustaining multi-sector housing coalitions; the administration’s actions on homelessness; redesigning the disaster recovery system; the YIMBY movement; research and messaging on ending homelessness; NLIHC’s Our Homes, Our Votes nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement project; resident-led movements; state and local affordable housing solutions; rural and native housing; state and local organizing best practices; advancing ambitious housing bills; and more.

When: The Forum will begin for most participants (see note about special Resident sessions below) on Wednesday, March 25 at 1:00 pm, with a full day of sessions on Thursday, March 26. Capitol Hill Day will take place on Friday, March 27.

Additional Sessions for Low-Income Residents:  The 2020 Housing Policy Forum will offer additional resident sessions starting on Tuesday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m., including a dinner with NLIHC state partners that evening. The special resident sessions will continue on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:30 a.m. prior to the full Forum start at 1:00 p.m.

Housing Leadership Awards 2020:  The 2020 NLIHC Housing Leadership Awards Reception honoring Shauna Sorrells (posthumous), Bill Faith, and Jennifer Ho will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., also at the Washington Court Hotel. A separate registration fee is required to attend the Leadership Awards event. Register here. (See related article in this Memo to Members and Partners.)

Hotel Reservations:  NLIHC has a room block at discounted rates at the Washington Court Hotel where the Forum will take place. Reserve a room at https://bit.ly/32GOAXb or call 800-321-3010 or 202-628-2100 and ask for the NLIHC rate. Rooms are limited, so register early. The cutoff is March 6, 2020.

Register for the 2020 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum today!