The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) hosts an annual Capitol Hill Day, gathering advocates from across the country to meet with their members of Congress and share ways the federal government can contribute to the fight to end homelessness. This year, Urban Pathways was invited to be a State Coordinator for New York alongside our partners at the Supportive Housing Network of New York and Care For the Homeless for Capitol Hill Day hosted on September 14th.

Our priority for these legislative meetings was to center the voices of individuals with the lived experience of homelessness and housing insecurity, creating the opportunity to represent themselves and speak with their elected officials. Four of Urban Pathways’ own Consumer Advocates participated and reported they had a great experience meeting with representatives from the offices of Congressman Torres, Congresswoman Maloney, Senator Gillibrand, and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, among others. We are so grateful for all the New Yorkers who joined us to share their powerful testimonials!

This year’s Capitol Hill Day was hosted virtually and had over one thousand advocates who participated in 245 meetings, including nearly every member of the New York delegation!

The advocacy priorities for this year’s federal budget are:

  • $3.6 billion in overall funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Assistance Grants
  • $32.1 billion for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance account

You can view the summary of these asks here and reach out to your Congress Members to request their support!

By Urban Pathways on September 30, 2022