Events

Hill Day

NAHRO’s Virtual Capitol Hill Day will take place on Wednesday, March 3.

Now that a new Congress and a new Presidential administration is in power, your voice is more important than ever.

Let us schedule your virtual Hill Day meetings for you! As a complimentary benefit for conference attendees, NAHRO is scheduling virtual meetings with your members of Congress on your behalf. Your meetings will happen via conference call on Wednesday, March 3 throughout the day depending on the availability of your legislators or their staff. Once you register for the conference, we will schedule your meetings with your Representative and two Senators; we will request your meetings based on the address you used to register for the conference. You will then receive information about your meetings via email, prior to the conference.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WEBINAR:

POWERPOINT SLIDES:

VIRTUAL HILL DAY PREVIEW:

INSTAGRAM LIVE: WHAT TO EXPECT ON VIRTUAL HILL DAY


PREPARING YOUR MESSAGE:
All registrants will be provided access to pre-conference Hill Day preparation webinars. Additionally, during the conference, be sure to attend The Washington Report session and the Advocacy Tips and Insights with Congressional and Association Staff session on March 2, for advocacy tips and an examination of the current environment in Washington, as well as a review of NAHRO’s legislative and regulatory priorities and funding recommendations.

TIPS FOR MEETING WITH YOUR LEGISLATOR:
Identify yourself as a constituent. Provide your address and tell them about the services you provide to the community.

Be brief but make your case. Start positive and try to thank your legislator for something they have done. Don’t talk so long about one issue that you run out of time to talk about other issues of importance.

Share your personal experiences so you can educate your elected official about current housing and community development issues in your community. Describe the hardships and life changes that you know housing and community development programs have created for residents. Remember to always put a face on the story.

Share some recent housing facts. Help your elected official understand the importance of affordable housing and the number of people − both in your community and nationwide − who are in need of such housing. Also illustrate how recent cuts have adversely affected your programs and clients.

Be specific about how your legislator can help you and ask (don’t demand) for their support. Identify the bill number of any legislative initiative that requires support and briefly describe what the bill would accomplish.

Consider providing a one pager that outlines your specific asks. Offer to provide additional information or be a resource.

For more information, email Tess Hembree, NAHRO’s Director of Congressional Relations, thembree@nahro.org.