NLIHC Housing Policy Forum to Feature Capitol Hill Perspectives on First Year of Trump Presidency and Future of Affordable Housing in Congress

The NLIHC 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement, March 19-21 in Washington DC, will feature a session during which former congressional staffers from both sides of the political aisle will share their candid perspectives on President Trump’s first year in the White House, their predictions for the coming year, and what they could mean for federal affordable housing policies and investments. From the budget and benefit cuts to housing finance reform and fair housing, our speakers will give a behind-the-scenes look at how the Republican-led House and Senate may try to enact their legislative priorities before the 2018 midterm elections. The deadline to receive the early-bird registration rate for the Forum is February 19, and space is filling up quickly, so register today!

Speakers for the Capitol Hill Insiders session are:

  • Jennifer Fogel-Bublick, partner with Capitol Counsel LLC and former counsel to the Senate Banking Committee where she advised former Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) 
  • Arthur Mandel, former policy advisor to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-OR) and legislative director to Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ)
  • Jennifer Debes Bang, principal with Capitol Counsel LLC and former associate staff member to the House Appropriations Committee and deputy chief of staff to Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)

The Forum will provide a wide array of other opportunities for those committed to building the affordable housing movement to engage with advocates and practitioners, movement leaders, policy experts, researchers, government officials, and low income residents on the challenges and opportunities ahead and on strategies for achieving real solutions. The Forum will offer sessions and workshops on the threats and opportunities for affordable housing in 2018 and beyond; the state of fair housing on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act; the current political and legislative environment in the run-up to the 2018 elections; 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 explore mobilizing nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement; 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, and there will be a special session for low income residents on the morning of March 19.

Confirmed and invited speakers and panelists at the Forum include:

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) (Invited)
  • Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report
  • Mark Horvath, founder, Invisible People
  • Kriston Capps, staff writer, CityLab
  • Laura Kusisto, reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Danica Roem, state delegate (D-VA) (Invited)
  • Richard Rothstein, author of the The Color of Law
  • James A.A. Cadogan, director, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Thurgood Marshall Institute
  • Don Chen, director of equitable development, Ford Foundation
  • Sheila Crowley, former NLIHC president and CEO
  • Megan Sandel, MD MPH, principal investigator, Children’s Health Watch
  • Joseph Lawler, economics reporter, Washington Examiner
  • Gregory Lewis, CEO, True Colors Fund

Register for the 2018 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum Today!