NLIHC 2018 Housing Policy Forum to Feature Charlie Cook on the Current U.S. Political and Legislative Landscape

NLIHC’s 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement taking place in Washington, DC, March 19-21, 2018, will feature Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal.  Mr. Cook will share his perspectives on the current political and legislative environment.  Register for the Forum today!  

Charlie CookCharlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report

Charlie Cook is one of the nation’s most trusted and accurate voices on all things political. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, he serves as a go-to-source for people who want to be “in the know” about U.S. politics. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and The Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” With an encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Mr. Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way.

The Housing Policy 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. The Forum will explore the state of fair housing in America on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act; 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, civil rights, and other sectors; the keys to state, local, and resident-led organizing; making housing an issue with the media; and effective story-telling for affordable housing. The Forum will also feature sessions on 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 at HUD and in Congress on affordable housing challenges, solutions and priorities.

At NLIHC’s annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception taking place on March 20, 2018, NLIHC will celebrate the 2018 Housing Leadership Award honorees: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME); Matt Desmond, MacArthur Genius awardee and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City; and Lisa Hasegawa, former executive director of the National Coalition for Asian and Pacific American Community Development and NLIHC board member. Each of these leaders has made extraordinary contributions to ending homelessness and housing poverty in America.  Register for the Leadership Reception (a separate ticket from the Forum is required to attend the reception) and make a contribution to celebrate our 2018 honorees today.

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.