Attention Advocates: Here’s Your Chance to Talk to Congress!

written by Kate Seif
June 24, 2014

Every July the Alliance holds Capitol Hill Day in conjunction with our National Conference on Ending Homelessness here in Washington, DC.  The event allows conference participants to take advantage of their time in the nation’s capital to meet with their Senators, Representatives, and their staffers.

Last year, Hill Day participants attended nearly 300 meetings with congressional offices from 45 states! Face-to-face time with Members of Congress and their staff is one of the most important ways to take part in federal advocacy by educating members of Congress and to inform them about what’s happening on the ground back in their districts.  These meetings are a critical component to ensuring we have the resources (i.e. federal funding) necessary to address homelessness!

By participating in these meetings, you can work to build or establish relationships with your congressional offices, educate your members of Congress on your progress in preventing and ending homelessness at home, and encourage them to support your work.

So how can you get involved? If you’re already registered for the conference, the next step is to get in touch with your State Captain.  State Captains take the lead in each state, scheduling the meetings, coordinating participants, and ensuring the right policy priorities are covered in each meeting. To find your State Captain, click here.

The Alliance works hard to make your participation in Capitol Hill Day is as easy as possible. All you need to do is show up and share your knowledge. Your State Captains are scheduling all the meetings, and we’ll provide talking points, one-pagers, other information on our policy priorities, and the latest updates from Capitol Hill. We’ll even provide directions to the Hill.

The Alliance will be there in the lead up to the event, and we’ll be available at the conference to help you every step of the way. You can find us at any time throughout the conference at the Advocacy Table.

It couldn’t be easier! Capitol Hill Day is an ideal time for conference participants to share what they have learned from their on-the-ground experience and at the conference in order to impact federal policy. It’s up to us to work together to ensure Congress provides the necessary resources to continue preventing and ending homelessness in our communities.  We look forward to seeing you in July!

If your state does not have a State Captain, and you would like to volunteer as one, or for more information on Capitol Hill Day, please contact me, Kate Seif (202-942-8256, cseif@naeh.org).