NNA Legislative Day 2019
Less than a week to go to magic happen for FY20. While the FY19 appropriation for NeighborWorks America has not yet been approved, both the House and Senate have recommended $150 million + $2 million for a shared equity pilot. This represents an increase of $12 million over FY18! It is now time to make the case for the FY20 appropriations. After careful consideration, we are setting a target of $170 million as our goal. We won't be able to do this without you.
March 11th, Travel Day
March 12th, all events at Omni Shoreham Hotel
7:45am - 9:15am - NNA Annual Membership Breakfast (NNA members only)
9:30am - 5pm Day 1 of NES
5:30pm - 7:00pm - NES Networking Reception (Omni Shoreham)
8:30am - 12:00pm - Day 2 of NES (Omni Shoreham)
Noon to 2:00pm NNA Excellence Awards Luncheon - Sponsored by Citi Community Development (Omni Shoreham)
2:30pm - 4:30pm - NeighborWorks America open house (999 North Capitol NE, 9th floor)
4:45pm - 7:00pm Capitol Hill Reception - Location: Dirksen 106. The reception will be hosted with opening remarks by Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
Senator Jack Reed (RI)
Senator Jacky Rosen (NV)
Senator Todd Young (IN)
Representative David Price (NC-4)
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
8:30 - 9:30am Briefing and Prepping Breakfast - Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. Doors will open at 8:00am.
10:30 - 2:30pm Capitol Hill Visits (morning - House, afternoon - Senate
It is time to engage for the upcoming NNA Legislative Day on March 14th! After the 2018 Legislative Day, survey results showed that organizations would like some separation in the prep calls. In an effort to address that request and prepare for NNA Legislative Day, NNA will be hosting a series of advocacy calls to provide direction, input and experience to ensure that Legislative Day is as comfortable and productive as possible.
There will be a series of 3 calls, repeated twice (materials will be sent once RSVP is received):
Geared to those “new to the network” and those that don’t get to the Hill often or would like an introduction/refresher of the basics of NeighborWorks organizational advocacy. This will include the what, why and how, among other things. Click here for ppt deck for Advocacy 101.
For a recording of the Advocacy 101 prep call, click here: Advocacy 101
This is the one you don’t want to miss. Geared to those that have completed Advocacy 101 and/or have intermediate advocacy experience. This is where we will dive into the FY20 appropriation ask, the Dear Colleague letters, the reception speakers and how it all comes together, among other things. Click here for ppt deck for Advocacy 201.
For a recording of the Advocacy 201 prep call, click here: Advocacy 201
Geared to those that have completed Advocacy 101/201 or have extensive experience on the Hill. This will be a discussion, led by peers, that will talk strategy, success and follow-up, among other things. Click here for the ppt deck for Advocacy 301.
For a recording of the Advocacy 301 prep call, click here: Advocacy 301
Find out when your House member or Senator will be back in their district/state on the calendar below:
Setting Up Appointments:
House of Representatives (morning AM): Please schedule your own House appointments. Constituents receive a much quicker response to appointment requests than DC-based advocates. Call your Representatives office (click here to look up) and ask to make an appointment to see the housing staffer the morning of March 14th. Please try to schedule your House appointments for the morning (10:30 - 12:30)
Note! After you have made your House appointments, please click here to send NNA an email with your confirmed House appointments - that way NNA can coordinate your Senate visits and not conflict.
To find House staff that have the responsibility of “housing” in their description, click the link below. This is from a subscription service that NNA has access to. Many of the new House members may not have housing staff assigned and/or the staff change quite often. Download Excel spreadsheet, search on your Congressman’s name, the staffer(s) will be listed with phone numbers, emails and room locations.
Senate (afternoon PM): NNA will help schedule these appointments for the afternoon of March 14th (12:30pm to 2:30m).
Advocacy Priorities and Talking Points:
As in previous years, the NNA External Policy Committee and the NNA Board of Directors have agreed that our first priority for the should be the NeighborWorks America "core" appropriation. The second priority will be left to you to address local needs, whether that is CDBG, HOME, Rural Funding, NHTF, etc.
Priority 1: NeighborWorks America FY20 Core Appropriation
FY 2020 Funding Request: $170 million
Priority 2: Next Most Important Funding Source that impacts you the most.
Check here for information on 501c3s and Lobbying.
NNA will have Legislative Day packets available for pick-up at the Doubletree Hotel on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at the briefing breakfast. Included in the packets will be all relevant and necessary information for your visits. Items will include NWA Fact Sheets, Talking Points Summary, Map of Capitol Hill and other materials. Please make sure to bring local information about your organization to include in the packet (tailored to NNA priorities/talking points - see above). One side of the folder will be fore "national" information, the other side for "local" information.
*** If you only took one piece of information, this is it ***
National Fact Sheets:
Hill Day Fact Sheets/One-pagers on Program Lines:
Telling the Local Story
The Corporate Strategy and Impact division of NeighborWorks® America has many tools, all FREE, that can help you create the visual story you need to tell your local story. This is available to all network members for many different uses; grant applications, annual reports, mapping service delivery, etc. NNA would suggest that using these visuals could enhance your local story in a national conversation. Visit the NWA Business Intelligence Services webpage on the member site here to see how to make the magic happen.