NLIHC 2018 Housing Policy Forum to Explore Making Housing an Issue with the Media

NLIHC’s 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement taking place in Washington, DC, March 19-21, 2018, will feature a session on making housing an issue with the media. Invited speakers include Kriston Capps from CityLab, Joseph Lawler from The Washington Examiner, and Christina Rosales from Texas Housers. The panelists will discuss how to spark media engagement around housing poverty and homelessness, how to increase coverage, and how to break through the noise of false information and the sense of hopelessness.  Attendees will learn new approaches for reaching the media and for increasing your stories’ traction, reach, and impact.  Register for the Forum today!  

The Forum will provide a wide array of other 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.

Among the confirmed and invited speakers at the Forum are:

  • Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, to present his perspectives on the current U.S. political and legislative environment in the run-up to the 2018 elections.
  • Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law and research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, to reflect on the state of fair housing on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
  • U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) to speak about the state of affordable housing in Congress.
  • HUD Deputy Director Pamela Patenaude to discuss priorities for HUD in 2018 and beyond.

In addition to these speakers, the Forum will provide sessions and workshops on the threats and opportunities for affordable housing in 2018 and beyond; a new national campaign to expand the affordable housing movement with non-traditional allies in health, education, faith, civil rights, and other sectors; the keys to state, local, and resident-led organizing; and effective story-telling for affordable housing. The Forum will also delve into mobilizing nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement prior to the 2018 elections; 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 in Congress on affordable housing challenges, solutions and priorities.

A limited number of shared-lodging hotel scholarships to attend the 2018 Housing Policy Forum will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to low income residents who are NLIHC members and who pay to attend the Forum. 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. For more information about the scholarships, visit or contact James Saucedo at: or 202-662-1530 x233.