This year’s Capitol Hill Day will take place Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
What is Capitol Hill Day?
Capitol Hill Day is one of the most important ways to engage in federal advocacy to help end homelessness. Through face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, you have an opportunity to establish and build relationships with congressional offices; educate elected officials on success and progress at home; and encourage them to work in support of policy initiatives to eliminate homelessness.
Is Capitol Hill Day for Me?
You don’t need any special skills in policy or advocacy to participate in Capitol Hill Day. You just need to share information and your perspective on the work you do each day. The Alliance and designated State Captains from your state will provide you with resources and talking points to help you get ready for a great meeting. Your State Captain and the Alliance will schedule your visits, and make sure you know where to go on Capitol Hill Day.
How Does It Work?
The Alliance provides Capitol Hill Day participants with a number of opportunities to get prepared, comfortable, and excited for their time on the Hill.
- State Captains from your state will reach out prior to the conference to invite you to participate in Hill Day.
- On Monday, July 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the Alliance will host a pre-conference session to provide information on advocacy basics, Hill Day policy priorities, and tips and techniques for continued in-district engagement with your elected officials. Alliance staff will review these policy priorities to ensure that participants and other interested advocates have all the information necessary for successful Hill visits. They will also address key logistical questions regarding participation.
- The Alliance will also have an Advocacy Hub at the conference, where you can pick up resources and connect with members of the Alliance’s Advocacy Team.
- State Captains will hold prep sessions to prepare you and other people attending the conference from your state, also known as your delegation, for the congressional meetings. You can find the state prep session times and locations listed on the conference app or posted near the Advocacy Hub. For questions about your state prep session and meetings, you can reach out to your State Captain(s) directly or stop by the Advocacy Hub.
Last year, hundreds of advocates from dozens of states attended meetings. We are hoping for continued and further successful this year. We can’t ensure the issue of homelessness is on Congress’s radar without YOUR help!
Remember to check this page regularly, as resources will be added above in the lead up to the event!