Register for NLIHC's Housing Policy Forum 2024!

Housing Policy Forum 2024: An Unwavering Path Forward to Housing Justice will commemorate NLIHC's 50-year anniversary by celebrating our organization’s history, achievements, and partners, while renewing our commitment to solving the nation’s housing and homelessness crisis.
 
The 2024 Forum will give attendees the chance to engage with and learn from thought leaders, policy experts, researchers, tenant advocates, affordable housing practitioners, and members of Congress about how to end the housing crisis impacting low-income renters in America.
 
Speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information about Housing Policy Forum 2024: An Unwavering Path Forward to Housing Justice! 

In-person registration for NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2024 is sold out. On-site registration is not available. Register today to attend virtually!

  • Featured Speakers

    Keynote Speakers

    Ms. Ifill
    Sherrilyn Ifill
    The 2024 Forum will feature an opening keynote discussion with acclaimed civil rights attorney and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill, who has played a prominent role in shaping the national conversation about race and civil rights. Ms. Ifill is currently serving as the 2023-2024 Steven and Maureen Klinsky Visiting Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress at Harvard Law School.
    Jelani Cobb
    Dr. Jelani Cobb
    Renowned author and journalist Dr. Jelani Cobb will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2024 Forum. Revered as one of the clearest voices in current conversations about race, Dr. Cobb is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, among other works.
       

    Plenary Speakers

    Representative Maxwell Frost (D-FL)
    Representative Maxwell Frost (D-FL)
    As the first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress, Rep. Maxwell Frost will share his plans for addressing housing costs in a discussion held on Tuesday, March 19, at 2:30 pm.
    Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-FL)
    Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA)

     

    A co-sponsor of the “Stable Families Act” and House champion of the “Eviction Crisis Act,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez will discuss his efforts to establish a Congressional Renters Caucus, as well as his support for transformative legislation to create permanent tools for preventing evictions and a new renter’s tax credit.
     
     
  • Forum Agenda

    Tuesday, March 19 
     

    1:00 – 2:45 pm  

    Opening Plenary Session – Featuring Sherrilyn Ifill

    2:45 – 4:45 pm  

    Coffee Break 

    3:45 – 5:00 pm  

    Breakout Sessions 

    5:30 – 7:30 pm  

    NLIHC 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception 

    8:00 pm  

    “Razing Liberty Square” Documentary Viewing 


    Wednesday, March 20 
     

    7:30 – 8:30 am  

    Continental Breakfast   

    8:30 – 9:20 am  

    Welcome Plenary Session

    9:30 – 10:30 am 

    Coffee Break 

    9:30 – 11:00 am  

    Breakout Sessions 

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm  

    Strategic Organizing for Housing Justice Plenary Session  

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  

    Buffet Lunch

    1:30 – 3:30 pm  

    Breakout Sessions

    3:00 – 4:00 pm 

    Coffee Break

    3:45 – 5:00 pm  

    Closing Plenary Session – Featuring Jelani Cobb 

    A full agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Have questions? Please contact [email protected] 

  • Breakout Sessions

    Tuesday, March 19 | 3:45 – 5:00 pm    

    Breakout 1 | 

    Leveling the Playing Field: Achieving Permanent Tenant Protections  

    This session will explore how federal, state, and local protections – including right to counsel, “just cause” eviction standards, and protections from source-of-income discrimination – can help level the playing field between renters and landlords and increase housing stability. 


    Breakout 2 | 

    A Multi-Sector Approach to Achieving Justice and Equity at the Intersections of Housing, Environment, and Health  

    In this session, members of the multi-sector coalition Opportunity Starts at Home will explore how findings from a recent Natural Resources Defense Council report clearly demonstrate the importance of housing policies in efforts to advance environmental justice and health equity and the need for federal policymakers to address the nation’s affordable housing challenges.   


    Breakout 3 | 

    Changing Lanes: Integrating Housing and Homelessness Best Practices with Disaster Response and Recovery   

    This session will focus on efforts to operationalize proven successes for addressing housing insecurity and homelessness during and following disasters. 


    Breakout 4 | 

    Our Homes, Our Votes: Building the Political Will for Housing Justice in the 2024 Elections   

    In this session, panelists will discuss effective strategies and messaging that housing advocates, tenant leaders, and service providers can use to get out the vote in their communities and push candidates to prioritize housing justice.  


    Wednesday, March 20 | 9:30 – 11:00 am   

    Breakout 5 | 

    What Can We Know about Affordable Housing Preservation Needs?   

    This session will examine the current state of data for affordable housing preservation, explore how data can inform organizing and preservation planning, and identify ways that preservation data can be improved at the local, state, and federal levels.   


    Breakout 6 | 

    Partnerships and Coalition-Building in Native and Rural Housing 

    This session will feature a discussion with NLIHC’s first Tribal Partner about the issues facing Native communities and explore how organizations can work with rural leaders in their areas and be effective allies for Native communities. 


    Breakout 7 | 

    The Power of Storytelling: Shaping the Narrative on How to Achieve Housing Justice   

    This session will explore best practices for supporting advocacy with storytelling, creating meaningful connections with audiences and change-makers, and shaping the narrative on how to achieve housing justice.  


    Breakout 8 | 

    Climate Gentrification and Community Erasure: Are the Themes Highlighted in Razing Liberty Square Coming to a “Community” Near You? 

    This session will feature Razing Liberty Square film participants in a conversation about how one frontline community is responding to climate gentrification and erasure; the role of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program in acting as a catalyst for community hope or community erasure; and the efforts and opportunities to reform RAD. 


    Wednesday, March 20 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm    

    Breakout 9 |   

    Teach-In: Organizing 

    In the spirit of a true teach-in, this session is a practical, participatory, empowering, and action-oriented experience led by members of NLIHC's Collective cohort.  


    Breakout 10 |  

    Building Support for Evidence-Based Homelessness Solutions    

    This session will examine how advocates can build support for humane, evidence-based homelessness responses despite the worsening affordable housing crisis and growing calls for ineffective and punitive approaches. The session will cover the latest research from the field, including the rigorous evidence supporting the Housing First approach.  


    Breakout 11 | 

    Accessible to Whom? Inclusive Housing and the Disability Justice Movement   

    This session will showcase the work of disability justice advocates working to ensure inclusive, accessible housing and examine the intersections of the housing and disability justice movements.   


    Breakout 12 | 

    Locked Up, Locked Out: Barriers to Housing for Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People   

    This session will lay out the barriers to housing for formerly incarcerated and convicted people, highlight communities paving the way for reentry services, and discuss the federal solutions needed to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home.  


    Registration for breakout sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Have a question? Please contact [email protected]

  • Capitol Hill Day

    NLIHC invites advocates to participate in Capitol Hill Day on Thursday, March 21, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We ask that advocates convene at 8:00 am at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003). 

    Capitol Hill Day gives advocates the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress to urge them to oppose funding cuts to affordable housing and homelessness programs, expand resources for vital housing programs, advance anti-racist policies, and support legislation that would improve the lives of millions of low-income people. 

    How to get involved:

    • Sign up for Capitol Hill Day by checking the “Yes, I will participate” box when you register for the Housing Policy Forum. 
    • Register for NLIHC's Hill Prep Day Webinar on Thursday, February 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm to learn about important updates, resources, and tips about how to incorporate storytelling into your policy advocacy. 

    Have questions? Please contact [email protected] 

  • Hotel & Travel Scholarship

    2024 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum Hotel and Travel Scholarship

    The 2024 Hotel & Travel Scholarship Application is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an application.

    NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2024: An Unwavering Path Forward to Housing Justice commemorates the 50-year anniversary of NLIHC by offering a limited number of shared-lodging scholarships for stays at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill and travel reimbursement to individuals and sponsoring organizations to help low-income people attend.

    NLIHC encourages the active participation of low-income people in all areas of our work, including our annual Housing Policy Forum. A limited number of scholarships will cover shared lodging and travel costs for low-income people to attend. Scholarship recipients must be current, dues-paying NLIHC members and must pay the $100 Forum registration fee. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    The forum will offer an array of opportunities to engage with and learn from others to advance housing justice, including a special session for tenant leaders and keynote addresses by acclaimed attorney and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill and Jelani Cobb, a renowned author and journalist.

    December 8: Scholarship applications open on a first-come, first-served basis.

    January 5: Scholarship applications are due. Once all scholarships are filled, additional applicants will be placed on a waitlist until February 5.

    February 2: Deadline for scholarship recipients to pay NLIHC membership dues (if not already current) and the $100 Forum registration fee. After this date, those who have not paid will forfeit their scholarship to someone on the waitlist.

    February 5: Individuals on the waitlist will be notified about whether NLIHC will be able to offer a scholarship to them.

    February 16: Deadline for scholarship recipients notified on February 5 of a scholarship award to pay NLIHC membership dues (if not already current) and the $100 Forum registration fee. 

    For more information, email [email protected]

  • Know Before You Go

    We look forward to connecting with you at NLIHC's Housing Policy Forum 2024: An Unwavering Path Forward to Housing Justice! To help you prepare, here are some important event details and planning considerations.

    IMPORTANT: In-person registration for NLIHC’s Housing Policy Forum 2024 is sold out. On-site registration is not available. Register today to attend virtually!


    Date and Location

    NOTE: We ask that advocates participating in Capitol Hill Day (Thursday, 3/21, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) convene at 8:00 am at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003). 


    About the Host Hotel

    IMPORTANT: Rooms at the host hotel are sold out. Reservations are no longer available.

    • The Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill is the official hotel for NLIHC's Housing Policy Forum 2024.
    • The hotel is located near two different Metrorail stops. (For more information, see "Travel and Transportation," below).

    NOTE: Please contact [email protected] for additional nearby lodging options. 


    Travel & Transportation


    NEW! Engagefully Event App

    In-person registrants are invited to elevate their event experience with NLIHC’s new event app, Engagefully. The Engagefully app will offer in-person attendees the opportunity to customize their schedules, connect with other attendees and guest speakers, participate in Q&A sessions and polling, register for breakout sessions, and stay up to date on the latest event news and happenings. Attendees can also share congratulatory messages on NLIHC’s 50th anniversary!

    NLIHC's Engagefully app will be available for download on Saturday, March 16. Ahead of that time, we encourage in-person registrants to customize their full event schedule and secure seats for plenary sessions, breakout sessions, receptions, and more.  

    For questions on participation in the pre-forum State and Tribal Convening and Tenant Leader Session, or on customizing your full event schedule, please contact [email protected].

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