NLIHC Housing Policy Forum 2020 to Feature “Capitol Hill Insiders Panel”

A “Capitol Hill Insiders Panel” 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, 2020.  Register today for the 2020 Policy Forum featuring sessions and workshops on this and many other topics at:  Please note that the deadline for NLIHC low-income member hotel and lodging scholarships is January 15.  Apply for scholarships at:


The bipartisan Capitol Hill insider panel of senior congressional staff will address the state of play in Congress leading up to the 2020 elections in a year of impeachment proceedings and other turmoil on Capitol Hill. What does it all mean for affordable housing and homelessness funding, housing finance reform, housing-related tax credit proposals, and more? What are the emerging threats and opportunities in 2020 and beyond. Confirmed and invited speakers for this session include:

  • Beth Cooper, Senate Banking Committee, Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Matt Jones, Senate Banking Committee, Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Esther Kahng, House Financial Services Committee, Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Joe Carlile, House Appropriations Committee, Chairman David Price (D-NC)

The Policy Forum will feature a wide array of other topics, including the current state of affordable housing in America – the opportunities and threats; promoting healthy homes; mobilizing against attacks to housing opportunities; creating and sustaining multi-sector housing coalitions, racial equity in housing; the bold policy proposals being advanced by 2020 presidential candidates and congressional leaders and how to move them forward; the YIMBY movement; Capitol Hill insights; affordable housing messaging and narrative change; the latest research on ending homelessness; NLIHC’s Our Homes, Our Votes nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement project; resident-led movements; state and local affordable housing solutions; redesigning disaster housing recovery; rural and native housing; state and local organizing best practices; 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 welcoming reception later that evening and a full day of sessions on Thursday, March 26. Capitol Hill Day will take place on Friday, March 27, and will kick off with a preparatory session and a light breakfast at a location near 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 time for workshops geared specifically to residents – providing 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 Scholarship Application Deadline is January 15: 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: by January 15!

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:  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!