Capitol Hill Day 2016

What is Capitol Hill Day?
This event, held in conjunction with the Alliance’s annual National Conference on Ending Homelessness, will take place this year on July 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. It will give participants a chance to meet with their Members of Congress to take part in federal advocacy – a critical component in our work to end homelessness. The meeting goals are to:
• Establish/build relationships with your congressional offices;
• Educate your senators and representatives on success and progress at home; and
• Encourage them to work in support of policy initiatives to end homelessness.

Capitol Hill Day Information for Potential State Captains:
If you want to increase your mobilizing experience and play a KEY role in ensuring that Capitol Hill Day is productive, you should consider volunteering to be a State Captain during Capitol Hill Day! Each year, the Alliance recruits new and returning State Captains and provides them with much assistance to take the lead for planning hill meetings for their states.

The Alliance assists State Captains with anything they need in order to:
• Identify top congressional targets and schedule meetings with those offices;
• Organize other conference participants from their state to join Hill Day;
• Ensure that everyone is prepared with talking points, an agenda, and materials for the meetings; and
• Conduct effective meeting follow-up with congressional offices.

The below State Captain Toolkit provides step-by-step information – complete with a timeline, checklist, and sample materials – to help you be most effective in organizing your state’s advocacy efforts for Capitol Hill Day, whether you have made 50 visits to your congressional offices or whether this is your first time. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with your legislators while you are in DC!

Find out if your state already has a State Captain and/or volunteer to serve as a State Captain for your state by contacting Julie Klein (202-942-8281, [email protected]).

Capitol Hill Day Information for Participants:
To prepare participants for Capitol Hill Day 2016, the Alliance will host a Federal Policy Update webinar on Friday, July 15 at 2 pm ET to provide updates on the Hill Day policy priorities driving the Capitol Hill Day agenda. Staff will review these policy priorities and provide the latest legislative and political updates to ensure that Capitol Hill Day participants and other interested advocates have the most recent information prior to their Hill visits. You can register for the webinar here.

Packets full of plenty of resources (some of which will be posted below) will also be available from the Advocacy Information Table at the conference. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend state prep sessions led by their state captains and workshops to further prepare them for the congressional meetings.

Last year, more than 340 advocates from 39 states collectively attended more than 230 hill meetings (including meetings with the offices of most appropriators). We are hoping for another successful year this year, and can’t ensure the issue of homelessness is on Members of Congress’ radars without YOUR help!

Capitol Hill Day Resources:

*Remember to check this page regularly, as resources will be added above in the lead up to the event!

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