Capitol Hill Day 2017

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 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. This year’s event will celebrate the progress made on ending homelessness since the McKinney-Vento Act passed 30 years ago and highlight the federal investments that will be needed to continue this trend in this Congress and Administration. 

Face-to-face time with Members of Congress and their staff is one of the most important ways to take part in federal advocacy – a critical component of your work in ending homelessness. These meetings allow participants to establish/build relationships with your congressional offices; educate your Senators and Representatives on your success and progress at home; and encourage them to work in support of policy initiatives to eliminate homelessness.

Capitol Hill Day Information for Participants:

To prepare participants for Capitol Hill Day 2017, packets full of resources (many of which will be posted below shortly) will also be available from the Capitol Hill Day Table at the conference. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend state prep sessions led by their state captains to further prepare them for the congressional meetings. You can find the state prep session times and locations listed on the conference app or posted near the Capitol Hill Day table. For questions about your state prep session and meetings, reach out to your State Captains and stop by the Capitol Hill Day table.

To further prepare participants, the Alliance will host a workshop at the conference titled 1.03 Capitol Hill Day: Make Your Voice Heard on Monday, July 17 at 2:00 pm 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. They will also make sure you know the key logistics information to participate.

Last year, more than 380 advocates from 43 states collectively attended more than 250 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:

Welcome Letter

State Prep Sessions

2017 List of State Captains

2017 Capitol Hill Day Policy Priorities

State Homelessness Information Sheets

Congressional Talking Points

Sample Meeting Agenda

Sample Prep Session Agenda

Capitol Hill Map and Directions from Hotel

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

State Captain Toolkit