NLIHC’s 2023 Housing Policy Forum to Feature Breakout Sessions, Tenant Leader Meetings, Two Keynote Speakers, and More!

NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2023: Onward to Housing Justice, taking place on March 21-23 at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C., will feature an array of opportunities to engage with and learn from thought-leaders, tenant and community leaders, policy experts, researchers, affordable housing practitioners, and leaders from Capitol Hill and the Biden-Harris administration about the state of the affordable housing crisis in America and its solutions. Learn more about this year’s Forum by exploring the newly published agenda, and then register to attend the 2023 Housing Policy Forum!

The 2023 Forum will host discussions with Congresswoman and Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), U.S. Department of the Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Sandra Thompson about the path forward for ensuring tenant protections and affordable housing for those most in need in America. The Forum will also feature two keynote addresses: one by acclaimed sociologist and author Matthew Desmond, and the other by renowned scholar and social activist Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

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                     Congresswoman Jayapal (D-WA)                                 Treasury Dep. Sec. Adeyemo


Sociologist and Author Matthew Desmond


               FHFA Director Sandra Thompson                            Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

In addition to keynote addresses by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Matthew Desmond, the Forum will celebrate the launch of Professor Desmond’s new book, Poverty, by America. The Forum will also feature remarks by NLIHC Board of Directors Chair Dora Leong Gallo and NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

This year’s Forum will also offer plenary sessions on state and local organizing and NLIHC’s IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Systems Thinking) work, as well as breakout sessions like Countering the Criminalization of Homelessness”; “Achieving Permanent Renter Protections”; “Housing and Climate Change: Equitable Disaster Housing Recovery”; “Effective Messaging and Communications Strategies to Advance Housing Justice”; “Racial Equity in Practice”; “Achieving Affordable Housing Solutions in Native and Rural Areas”;The Status of Evictions and Eviction Prevention Work”; and aCapitol Hill Insiders Panel.”

The 2023 Forum will include two tenant leader sessions, with a special presentation by legendary freedom singer and civil rights activist Rutha Mae Harris. Designed to provide learning and networking opportunities for low-income tenants prior to the start of the larger Housing Policy Forum, the tenant sessions will include tenant and community leaders engaging in thoughtful discussions about tenant rights and protections and tenant advocacy focusing on federal housing policy to achieve housing justice for all. This year’s tenant sessions will be held on Monday, March 20, at 2 pm ET and Tuesday, March 21, at 8:30 am ET.  For more information on the tenant sessions, please contact Renee Willis at [email protected].      

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Freedom Singer and Civil Rights Activist Rutha Mae Harris 

Learn more about this year’s Forum by exploring the agenda, and then register to attend the 2023 Housing Policy Forum!