ReFrame Association is a national network that supports safe and healthy housing by connecting, educating, and promoting home repair programs. We identify and encourage widespread use of best practices in repair methods, volunteer management, community partnerships, homeowner relations, and more. We host an annual national conference, webinars, and regional events. Associations members have access to benefits such as an online resource library, private discussion groups, discounts for background checks, free project management software, and more. Learn more.

 

The goal for ReFrame Washington is for home repair nonprofits to meet with Representatives, Senators, and their staff in our nation's capital in order to share stories about how home repairs change the lives of those living in substandard conditions. We will also visit agencies such as HUD and USDA, and nonprofits such as the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and the Housing Assistance Council. Walter Crouch (President/CEO of Appalachia Service Project) and Becca Davis (Executive Director of ReFrame Association) will lead this trip, which is being planned by ReFrame's Advocacy Task Force. 

 

Registration for ReFrame Washington costs $75/person for members of ReFrame Association and $99/person for non-members. This includes dinner on Friday. All other meals, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of each participant. Not a member? Join now!

 

EVENT AGENDA: (all times are EDT)

 

Thursday, March 28

 

11am: Some participants will meet at Americana Hotel in Arlington, VA to travel together into the city. We will walk 7 minutes (or take a shuttle) to the Crystal City Metro station and then ride the subway together into the city ($2.30 one way). There will be time to buy lunch near HAC before the meeting at noon. 

 

12-1pm: ReFraming The Discussion on Rehab and Repair, brown bag lunch at the Housing Assistance Council (1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 606). We'll talk with HAC staff about innovations and trends in housing repair and rehabilitation.

 

1:30-2:30pm: Meet with Rick Davis & Curtis Anderson at USDA (1400 Independence Ave SW) 

 

2:30-5:00pm: Capitol Hill & Agency Visits (details TBD - may include a meeting with Jeff London at Rep. Dr. Phil Roe's Office, and may include a visit to Sen. Kaine's office)

 

5:30-7:30pm: Group Dinner at a local restaurant (included in event registration). Those who are staying at the Americana Hotel will travel back together as a group afterward.

 

Friday, March 29

 

7:30am: Some participants will meet at Americana Hotel in Arlington, VA to travel together into the city. We will walk 7 minutes (or take a shuttle) to the Crystal City Metro station and then ride the subway together into the city ($2.30 one way). 

 

8:30-9:30am: Breakfast and Preparing for Capitol Hill Visits with the National Low-Income Housing Coalition at the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE). You may safely store luggage here on Friday if you need to check-out of your hotel on Friday morning. 

 

10:00am: Meeting with Rick Youngblook at the Faith-Based Initiative Office at HUD (451 7th St SW) 

 

11:00am-4:00pm: Capitol Hill Visits (schedule visits to your Senators and Representative yourself with the assistance of Joey Lindstrom, Manager of Field Organizing, National Low-Income Housing Coalition, jlindstrom@nlihc.org); lunch is on your own

 

4:00-5:30pm: Debriefing Meeting at the Housing Assistance Council (1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 606)

 

 

All attendees are encouraged to participate in the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Housing Policy Forum earlier in the week; we are hosting our event in conjuction with theirs; NLIHC is part of the ReFrame Advocacy Task Force. 

 

We recommend that you stay at the Americana Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. They offer free parking, complimentary breakfast and wifi, and a free shuttle. It is just a 7-minute walk to the Crystal City Metro Station. As of late January, the room rate for Thursday night is $125/night. Contact us if you'd to share a room with another attendee or if you'd like us to arrange a free homestay with a friend of ReFrame/NLIHC. Other affordable area hotel options can be found here

 

NLIHC is offering free webinars in advance of the event (for everyone, whether or not they participate in their Housing Policy Forum) to help us prepare for our visit to Capitol Hill. Details: 

 

The first webinar covered some basic tips and essential best practices of lobbying. View recording.

The second webinar covered NLIHC’s 2019 Policy Priorities and our talking points for this year’s Lobby Day. View recording.

 

Please contact Becca Davis at becca@reframeassociation.org or 423-833-6220 with any questions. 

 


 

FYI - We're hosting a regional gathering called ReFrame Northeast in York, PA (2 hours north of DC) on the following Monday, April 1 from 9am-4pm EDT. Those who travel to attend ReFrame Washington are welcome to attend (whether or not they are based in the Northeast). The event will run from 9am-4pm and will cost $30 for members ($45 for non-members); this includes lunch. The event will be like a mini-ReFrame conference, with roundtables and peer-led sessions on topics of interest to home repair nonprofits. Learn more and register.

ReFrame Washington

  • March 28 - 29, 2019
  • Washington, District of Columbia
    United States