1000 Vermont Avenue, NW • Suite 500
Washington, DC  20005

202-662-1530 •




March 25 - 27,  2020

   Early bird tickets on sale now   


The 2020 Policy Forum will provide a wide array of opportunities to engage with affordable housing advocates, thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, housing providers, low income residents, and elected leaders on seizing this unique moment in America to advance policy solutions to homelessness and housing poverty. As awareness about the affordable housing crisis in America grows, federal policymakers on both sides of the aisle are responding with bold proposals. Homelessness and affordable housing advocates must mobilize to lead the way.


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About the 2020 Forum




Washington Court Hotel

525 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20001

Tel: 202-628-2100

Hotel Rooms 

Contact the Washington Court Hotel at or call 800-321-3010 or

202-628-2100 and mention NLIHC

Register Soon – space is limited!

No later than March 6, 2020 for group discount.

NLIHC believes in the active participation of low-income people in all areas of our work. Our hotel scholarships are intended to make our annual Policy Forum more accessible to low-income individuals. If you have any questions, you can contact Khara Norris, NLIHC Director of Administration, at  Thank you!

See under Resident Session below for more information.


Organizing Awards

NLIHC encourages affordable housing advocates to submit applications or nominations for the 2020 Annual Organizing Awards today! One award will recognize statewide or regional achievements, and one award will recognize citywide or neighborhood achievements.

Application/nominations can be made here

The NLIHC Organizing Awards recognize outstanding achievement during 2019 in statewide, regional, citywide, neighborhood, and/or resident organizing that furthers NLIHC’s mission of achieving socially just public policy to ensure people with the lowest incomes in the U.S. have affordable and decent homes. Special consideration will be given to nominations that incorporate tenant- or resident-centered organizing. The awards will be presented at the NLIHC 2019 Housing Policy Forum being held March 25-27, 2020 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

Nominations for the awards are due by 5:00 pm E.T. on Friday, January 10, 2020.

An Organizing Awards Committee composed of NLIHC board members and previous award winners will determine this year’s honorees. NLIHC will provide two representatives of each honored organization a complimentary Forum registration, 2-3 nights of hotel accommodation, and transportation to Washington, D.C. to accept their award.

To be eligible, nominated organizations must be current NLIHC members. Organizations may self-nominate. NLIHC board members and Award Committee members may not nominate an organization with which they are employed or affiliated.

More information on submitting nominations can be found at:

Questions? Please reach out to Joey Lindstrom at:


These workshops are reserved for renters, residents, and community leaders.

NLIHC has long offered special sessions for low-income residents prior to the start of the larger Housing Policy Forum. Based on feedback we received from residents that they would appreciate more time for resident-specific learning and an opportunity to interact with NLIHC state partners, NLIHC will offer additional resident sessions starting on Tuesday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m., including a dinner with state partners that evening. The special resident sessions will continue on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:30 a.m. prior to the full Forum start at 1:00 p.m.

Resident Member Scholarships: A limited number of shared-lodging hotel scholarships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to low-income residents who are NLIHC members and who pay their own Forum registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded to ensure a broad geographic distribution. Apply for a scholarship online at or fill out and send a fillable PDF at:

Dates and times:

Tuesday, March 24 (2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 25 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Resident Session