NLIHC Housing Policy Forum 2020 to Explore the Current State of Affordable Housing: Opportunities and Threats

NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2020: Ending Homelessness and Housing Poverty will explore the current state of affordable housing and homelessness in America. The Forum will review achievements in 2019 and unprecedented opportunities in 2020, like the bold affordable housing proposals being put forward by members of Congress and presidential candidates. The Forum will also review ongoing threats, including the many harmful proposals coming out of the administration aimed at people experiencing homelessness, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and other vulnerable people.

Register for the Forum taking place taking place in Washington, DC, March 25-27, 2020, at:

NLIHC Housing Policy Forum 2020 to Explore the Current State of Affordable Housing: Opportunities and Threats

The Housing Policy Forum will also address: NLIHC’s Our Homes, Our Votes nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement project in this presidential election year; racial equity in affordable housing; affordable housing messaging and narrative change; state and local housing solutions; Capitol Hill insights; the latest affordable housing research; resident-led movements; creating and sustaining multi-sector housing coalitions; the YIMBYism movement; redesigning disaster housing recovery; healthy housing; rural and native housing; state and local organizing best practices; and advancing ambitious housing bills.

The Agenda: The Forum will begin for most participants (see note about special Resident sessions below) on Wednesday, March 25 at 1:00 pm, with a welcoming reception later that evening. A full day of sessions follows on Thursday, March 26. Capitol Hill Day will take place on Friday, March 27, kicking off with a preparatory session and a light breakfast at a location near the Capitol (for those planning to make congressional visits).

Additional Sessions for Low-Income Residents: The 2020 Housing Policy Forum will offer a special extended session for low-income residents, doubling from previous years the amount of time for workshops geared specifically to residents. NLIHC has long offered special sessions for low-income residents prior to the start of the larger Housing Policy Forum. Based on feedback we received from residents that they would appreciate more time for resident-specific learning and an opportunity to interact with NLIHC state partners, NLIHC will offer additional resident sessions starting on Tuesday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m., including a dinner with 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.

Resident Member Scholarships: 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. Scholarships will be awarded to ensure a broad geographic distribution. Apply for a scholarship online at or fill out and send a fillable PDF at:  Not an NLIHC member? Become one at:

Housing Leadership Awards 2020: The 2020 NLIHC Housing Leadership Awards Reception will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020 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. (See related article in this Memo to Members and Partners.)

Hotel Reservations: If you are coming to the Policy Forum from out of town, NLIHC has a room block at discounted rates at the Washington Court Hotel where the Forum will take place. Reserve a room at 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!