NLIHC invites advocates from across the country to join a Virtual Capitol Hill Day on Thursday, March 24. Advocates will meet with members of Congress or their staff to urge them to support funding affordable housing programs at the highest levels possible, advance anti-racist policies, and support legislation that will improve the lives of the lowest-income people. Capitol Hill Day is part of NLIHC’s Virtual Policy Forum: Achieving Housing Justice, taking place March 22-23. You can register for the forum here.
In preparation for Capitol Hill Day, NLIHC hosted two webinars. In “Policy Priorities for 2022,” which aired on March 16, NLIHC’s policy team discussed policy priorities for Capitol Hill Day and how housing providers, tenant associations, and homeless service agencies can connect their work to these priorities. The NLIHC policy team also surveyed resources to share during Hill meetings. You can find a recording of the webinar here.
The other webinar, “Advocacy 101: Meetings with Elected Officials and the Legislative Process,” aired on March 9. In that webinar, NLIHC’s field team discussed the basics of the legislative and budget processes, offered tips for running effective advocacy meetings, and held a practice Capitol Hill meeting. You can find a recording of the webinar here.
In addition to viewing the webinars, Forum attendees can prepare for Capitol Hill Day by attending a brief session on March 23 that will provide a quick overview of factsheets and resources advocates can use in support of essential legislative asks.
If you would like to set up appointments for Capitol Hill Day, please contact your state’s NLIHC housing advocacy organizer, whom you will be able to find here. Most likely, meetings for your state and district have already been arranged.
Be sure also to explore NLIHC’s comprehensive Virtual Advocacy Day Toolkit as you prepare for your Hill meetings. The toolkit contains information on policy priorities, tips for running successful advocacy meetings, talking points, data sheets on housing needs, and state-specific information.