Capitol Hill Day 2011: Report and Summary

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Advocacy Resource | September 6, 2012

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Every year, Capitol Hill Day – held in conjunction with the Alliance’s annual National Conference on Ending Homelessness – offers a time for constituents from across the country to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives and their staff members. Capitol Hill Day 2011 was a monumental success, with a record number of people and states visiting a record number of congressional offices. Over 360 participants visited congressional offices representing 42 different states. Volunteers serving as State Captains organized an unprecedented 270 plus congressional meetings.  Participants met with an impressive number of the Members of Congress who sit on key committees such as the House and Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittees and Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittees.

Participants focused on key priorities such as funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Homeless Services programs, and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs.

Only a few weeks after Capitol Hill Day 2011, some tangible results of these meetings have already begun to emerge. For example, during the week of Capitol Hill Day, 29 senators signed on to a letter in support of robust funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – many joining immediately after connecting with Capitol Hill Day participants.

The full results of the energy and efforts of Capitol Hill Day 2011 participants will be more fully visible in the months ahead. To date, neither chamber of Congress has released its fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bills, which will attest to the concrete success of Capitol Hill Day meetings. Still, Capitol Hill Day participants realized valuable opportunities to create and strengthen relationships with their Members of Congress and their staff members, and these bonds will have immeasurable impact in the coming weeks, months, and years. Further details on the success and results of Capitol Hill Day 2011 are available in the report linked above.