Visit Your Elected Officials’ Offices While in D.C. for HCH2017!
Have you scheduled a visit? Please let us know about it here.
The National HCH Council asks that Conference participants visit the offices of Senators and Representatives while you are in Washington, D.C. The call and visit are very easy to make and are important to our mission to end homelessness–you will be glad you took part.
We are here to help: We have a team of leaders to help you schedule, conduct, and navigate a visit. No experience is required. Put in your information, and we will be in touch. You may also follow instructions below to plan a visit on your own. If so, please let us know about it through the link above.
Make An Appointment
- Find your House members
- Find your Senate members
- Call your members through the Congressional switchboard: (877) 210-5351
- Ask to speak with your member’s scheduler. If your member is unavailable for a meeting, then ask for the staff person responsible for health care issues. Speaking with staffers is an effective way to get your message across.
- You are unlikely to reach someone directly on the phone, so make sure you get their email address when you call.
- Follow up with an email and don’t be afraid to check back in regularly.
- Make sure to let whoever you speak with or email 1.) who you are, 2.) when you’re available to meet, and 3.) what you want to talk about. Keep it polite and simple and remember: they work for you!
(Hi, my name is ___ and I am from ___. I will be in town for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s National Conference on June __ and am available for a meeting at these times: ___ . I would like to come in and speak with you about my work/experience with health care and homelessness. Please let me know when you are available. You can reach me by phone at ___ )
Tips for Conducting a Successful Meeting
- Keep meetings to five people or less. Check in with the staffer shortly before the meeting to let them know how many people are coming.
- Be prepared to say everything you want to say in 15 minutes or less.
- Thank them for meeting with you, and stay cordial and polite no matter how you feel about their political views.
- It’s okay to not know everything. If they ask you a question that you don’t know the answer to, simply tell them you would be glad to follow up (and actually follow up or let us know and we will.
- Remember: they work for YOU, and YOU are the expert.
- Take a photo and let us know how your meeting went!
- How to have a successful meeting with a legislator (or staff person).
- What is advocacy and why do we do it?
- Integrating HCH service with advocacy
We will be updating this page regularly. Check back in for more information and resources on making your meeting a success!
Email Regina Reed, Health Policy Organizer, or call (443) 703-1337.
*Hill visits are not funded using public resources