Coming Soon: Hill Day

written by naehblog
July 1, 2013

Today's blog post was written by Jenny Lewis, the Alliance's federal advocacy intern.


It’s about that time of year again—Capitol Hill Day, an annual advocacy event held in conjunction with the Alliance’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Hill Day allows participants to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives and their staff to discuss what’s happening in their districts and how they can help end homelessness.

Hill Day is a great opportunity to engage in federal advocacy with your fellow constituents in the nation’s capital. These face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress are a vital aspect of federal advocacy and can help build and strengthen relationships with your legislators. By joining other participants from your state, you can educate your Members on the issues facing your districts and ask them personally for their support in your efforts. Last year, participants from 44 states went to over 280 meetings!

Ready to join us? Here’s how: If you are registered for the conference, contact your State Captain. He/she is your “team captain” and will be taking the lead on scheduling meetings for your state, conducting outreach, and facilitating the discussion between the group and your Members of Congress. To find your State Captain and get involved, click here. Concerned about what to talk about in the meetings?

Don’t worry! The Alliance will provide talking points, one pagers, and other important information on our policy priorities, but you will be providing the essential part—your personal knowledge and experience. Best of all, Hill Day does not interfere with the conference, because we know you’re as excited as we are for the workshops! After the closing session on Wednesday, July 24, groups from each participating state will go to the Hill (we will even provide directions).

We know that all of you have valuable insights, and Capitol Hill Day is the ideal time to coordinate with other members of your state to discuss successes and challenges in your localities. We must work together to ensure that Congress provides the necessary resources to achieve our collective goal: preventing and ending homelessness.

If your state does not have a State Captain and you would like to volunteer to take on that role, please contact Kate Seif (202-942-8256, cseif@naeh.org) or me, Jenny Lewis (202-942-8295, jlewis@naeh.org).