With over 2,000 people from across the country participating in its weekly calls, The National Low Income Housing Coalition has just released new opportunities to connect more deeply on national, state and local levels, in particular issue areas. Be sure to check out these offerings for useful information and engagement!
DHRC National Coronavirus, Housing and Homelessness Calls
– Mondays at 2:30 p.m. EST
On these DHRC national calls, we will hear from organizations in the field about pressing and emerging issues, learn more about the needs facing marginalized populations, share lessons learned and best practices, get updates from members of Congress and federal agencies, and provide other updates on federal resources and advocacy opportunities.
Register here: DHRC national calls
On next Monday’s call we’ll hear updates on tracking local eviction moratoria from Matthew Desmond, information on the newest HUD waivers from Hunter Kurtz (assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing) and John Gibbs (acting assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development), field updates from New Jersey, Alaska and Louisiana, and more. The full agenda is here: https://bit.ly/2K8iWdg
“Tenant Talk Live” for Resident Leaders – Monday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Tenant Talk Live calls/webinars provide opportunities for residents to connect with NLIHC and one another, to share best practices, and to learn how to be more involved in influencing federal housing policies and to lead in their communities. Normally held once every other month, Tenant Talk Live is now being offered more frequently to inform and learn from resident leaders about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their lives and how they are responding.
The next Tenant Talk Live call/webinar is scheduled for Monday, April 27. Register at: https://bit.ly/3enSj1T
Register here: Tenant Talk Live
Legislative Working Group – Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. EST
The DHRC legislative working group focuses on the strategies and tactics needed to move legislation forward in Congress, including the DHRC’s policy recommendations for the next federal coronavirus-response package. These calls are best suited for those who regularly engage in federal advocacy.
Register for the Legislative Working Group at: https://bit.ly/3euCRkX
Register here: Legislative Working Group
Working with FEMA Working Group – Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. EST
The FEMA working group provides an opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices for organizations working with FEMA to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. The working group will benefit from the DHRC’s years-long experience working with FEMA on past disasters and will help identify federal policy changes needed to improve FEMA’s disaster homelessness and housing recovery efforts.
The first Working with FEMA working group call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. Register at: https://bit.ly/34Efwsa
Register here: Working with FEMA Working Group
State/Local Implementation Working Group – Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. EST
The state and local implementation working group will provide opportunities to share lessons learned and best practices as organizations work to respond to the housing needs of people experiencing homelessness and the lowest-income renters. This working group will track how federal resources provided under the CARES Act, including HUD funding, unemployment insurance, and stimulus checks, are reaching those individuals with the greatest needs and will identify needed policy changes. Participants will also share practical guidance on how to use this opportunity to address racial equity issues and serve marginalized populations, including people with criminal records and undocumented immigrants.
The first state/local implementation working group call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. Register at: https://bit.ly/2RDzAWk
Register here: State & Local Implementation Working Group
Puerto Rico Working Group – Every other Thursday at 3:00 p.m. EST
The Puerto Rico working group has been meeting since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island and has continued through the recent earthquakes and now the pandemic. This working group is facilitated by the DHRC, but it is led by advocates and organizations working in Puerto Rico.
Any DHRC member working on the island or on behalf of Puerto Ricans is invited to join. Register for the Puerto Rico working group at: https://bit.ly/2XD8HG4
Register here: Puerto Rico Working Group
Long-Term Solutions Working Group – Fridays at 3:00 p.m. EST, beginning May 8
The working group on long-term solutions will focus on ways to redesign America’s broken federal disaster housing recovery efforts. DHRC published a report outlining many of the ways in which the federal disaster housing response framework reinforces racial, income, and accessibility inequities, and last fall, the DHRC held an in-person two-day convening with 70 of our most active partners to brainstorm ways to reimagine a federal disaster housing framework that centers on the needs of people of color, people with disabilities, America’s lowest-income households, and other marginalized individuals. This working group will identify policy changes that are needed in a large-scale coronavirus response package and other reforms to ensure resources reach those individuals with the greatest needs.
The first long-term solutions working group call is scheduled for Friday, May 8. Register at: https://bit.ly/34CkCFm
Register here: Long-Term Solutions Working Group