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NNA Legislative Day 2019

Another successful NNA Legislative Day, with a total of 170 people hitting the Hill to tell our story and advocate for FY20 funding. FY19 appropriation for NeighborWorks America was approved, and signed by the President, for $150 million + $2 million for a shared equity pilot. This represents an increase of $12 million over FY18!  We continue to make the case for the FY20 appropriations for of $170 million.  We won't be able to do this without you. 

NNA Evaluation Survey Results of 2019 Activities
NeighborWorks America Evaluation Survey Results of 2019 NES

House Dear Colleague Letter - FY20
Senate Dear Colleague Letter - FY20

Registration/participant list for NNA Legislative Day (as of 3-8-19)


Click here for pdf of Final NeighborWorks Executive Symposium Agenda

March 11th,
Travel Day

March 12th,
all events at Omni Shoreham Hotel

7:45am - 9:15am - NNA Annual Membership Breakfast (NNA members only)

Click here for NNA Annual Membership Breakfast Agenda

9:30am - 5pm Day 1 of NES

5:30pm - 7:00pm - NES Networking Reception (Omni Shoreham)

March 13th

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)

Click here for NNA Excellence Awards Luncheon Agenda

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)

Confirmed speakers:
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
Senator Jack Reed (RI)
Senator Todd Young (IN)
Representative Robert Aderholt (AL-4)
Representative David Price (NC-4)
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

Click here for invite to share with staffers that you would like to invite.

March 14th

8:30 - 9:30am Briefing and Prepping Breakfast - Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.  Doors will open at 8:00am.

Click here for NNA Briefing/Breakfast Agenda

10:30 - 2:30pm Capitol Hill Visits (morning - House, afternoon - Senate

Prep Calls:

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):

Advocacy 101
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.

February 1
February 5

For a recording of the Advocacy 101 prep call, click here: Advocacy 101

Advocacy 201

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.

February 11
February 13

For a recording of the Advocacy 201 prep call, click here: Advocacy 201

Advocacy 301

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.

February 27
March 4

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:

2019 Congressional Calendar

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.

For list of House staff with Housing responsibilities click here.

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.

Talking Points:

Click here for pdf of talking points


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 Impact Infographic for 2018

National Fact Sheets:

Impact Report By State: FY2014-FY2018 
Impact Report By State: FY2018 Only

Impact Report By Organization: FY2014-F2018
Impact Report By Organization: FY2018 Only

Infographics for States AL-FL
Infographics for States GA-MD
Infographics for States MA-NJ
Infographics for States NM-RI
Infographics for States SC-WY

Hill Day Fact Sheets/One-pagers on Program Lines:

NeighborWorks General Overview

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.