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Capitol Hill Day 2012: Report and Summary
Advocacy Resource | September 6, 2012
Every year, people from across the country take advantage of being in Washington, DC for the Alliance’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives and their respective staff members in what is known as Capitol Hill Day. Capitol Hill Day 2012 was a monumental success, with a very large contingent of conference participants from a record number of states visiting a record number of congressional offices. Over 360 participants visited congressional offices representing 44 different states. Volunteers serving as State Captains organized an unprecedented 289 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 Subcommittee and the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Participants focused on key priorities such as funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, targeted programs for homeless veterans within VA, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Homeless Services programs, and the ill effects of sequestration on these key programs.
The full results of the energy and efforts of 2012 Capitol Hill Day participants will be more fully visible in the months ahead. To date, Congress has not finalized the fiscal year (FY) 2013 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. These bonds will have immeasurable impact in the coming weeks, months, and years. Further details on the success and results of Capitol Hill Day 2012 are available in the following pages.