Organizing a Congressional Meeting This Fall

The Alliance Shares Five Key Steps

Organizing a Congressional Meeting This FallOn October 24, 2014, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance)’ Julie Klein blogged, “Here are 5 steps for organizing a Congressional meeting this fall.”

Congressional meetings either in the district or Washington DC offices are an alternative to scheduling site visits of homeless assistance programs or supportive housing. Members of Congress have upcoming recesses before the end of the year if you would like to try to meet in the district.

This fall, to date, Monarch Housing has participated in two very successful Congressional visits with Congressmen Frank LoBiondo and Leonard Lance. And we are in the process of trying to schedule additional visits but congressional meetings provide yet another avenue for making our case with members of Congress.

Congressman Leonard Lance at YWCA of Union County

(L to R) Richard W. Brown, Monarch Housing, Jacqueline Jenkins, Board Member of YWCA, Jan Lilien, Executive Director of YWCA of Union County and Congressman Leonard Lance.

The steps to setting up successful Congressional meetings are:

  1. Set a date
  2. Get the right people in the room
  3. Do your homework
  4. Get organized – An example of a key ask is “To commit to communicating to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees the message that “providing $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority.”
  5. Stay in touch

Are you interested in scheduling a congressional meeting or site visit with your members of congress or one of New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators? Contact Kate Kelly at Monarch.

Click here for the full blog post and more details about the five key steps.