The National Conference on Ending Homelessness is just around the corner and with it comes our annual Capitol Hill Day.
Capitol Hill Day gives conference attendees the opportunity to sit down with their congressional offices and tell them about all the fantastic work their organization and community has been doing to end homelessness. The goal is to convince policymakers to make ending homelessness a federal priority.
Now that you have all the tools from the rest of the Advocacy How-To series that you need to contact your congressional offices, you have absolutely no reason not to meet with them during Capitol Hill Day 2011!
This year’s Capitol Hill Day will officially be Friday, July 15 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. However, many states are scheduling meetings for earlier in the week to accommodate their congressional offices’ schedules.
Getting face time with Members of Congress and their staff is a rare opportunity, so you should definitely take advantage of these meetings.
When you sit down with your congressional office you:
- Build necessary relationships with policymakers;
- Educate your Members of Congress on successes and progress at home; and,
- Encourage them to support policies to eliminate homelessness.
How do I get involved?
To participate in Capitol Hill Day, you should get in touch with your State Captain.
State Captains take the lead on scheduling all of the Capitol Hill meetings for conference attendees from their state. You can contact the Alliance to get information about your state’s plans for Capitol Hill Day or contact your State Captain(s) directly using this list.
You can also connect with us during the conference at the advocacy information table next to registration. We will be there to answer all of your questions and provide any further information you may need.
If your state does not have a State Captain, and you would like to volunteer as one, or simply to get more information on Capitol Hill Day, please contact Amanda Krusemark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of citron_smurf.