WHAT: 2017 Housing Advocacy Day – sponsored by the Virginia Housing Alliance
WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: General Assembly Building, Richmond Va
A group of Pathway Homes’ residents and consumers will travel to Richmond to advocate for state support of housing and mental health care. This will be the first time that users of Pathway’s housing and supportive services will travel to the State Capitol to speak to legislators face-to-face, on their own behalf.
The contingent are members of Pathway Homes’ Consumer Advisory Council, a group of residents and consumers of services that provides a formal channel for consumer views and participation in program design and provision of services. “Consumer empowerment is one of our core values,” says Pathways President and CEO, Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard. “The most important voice to be heard belongs to the individuals we are privileged to serve. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to have lawmakers hear the voice of the consumer, the men and women most affected by the legislation they’re considering and the decisions they’ll ultimately make,”
Members of the council will participate in orientation and training sessions in the morning on February 2nd. Hosted by the Virginia Housing Alliance, these morning sessions will be held at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Richmond. After lunch, participants will walk to the Virginia State Capitol for a group photo on the steps of the historic building. Afterwards, the group will separate to meet with state senators and delegates in their offices in the General Assembly Building.* Prior to their big day on capitol hill, the council members will enjoy a tour of the historic state capitol building on Wednesday.
Members of the press are invited to attend the Advisory Council’s departure from Pathway Homes’ Fairfax office at 9:00am Wednesday morning, or to shadow the group in Richmond on Thursday.
This first-of-its-kind advocacy initiative for Pathways is made possible in part thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Diocese of Arlington, Va.
For more than 30 years, Pathway Homes has been a leading provider of housing and support services for adults with mental illness and co-occurring disorders in the Northern Virginia region, embodying the spirit of recovery. More about Pathway Homes at www.pathwayhomes.org. More about the Virginia Housing Alliance at www.vahousingalliance.org.
* Final meeting times with specific legislators are still being finalized, and subject to change.
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