Homeless Day on the Hill: Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

What happens at Homeless Day on the Hill?

Homeless Day on the Hill brings hundreds of Minnesotans to the State Capitol. It’s an opportunity to meet with your legislators and advocate for policies they are debating this session:

  • Morning kick-off and advocacy training
  • Meetings with your Representative and Senator
  • Homes for All Committee Hearing
  • Mental Health Day on the Hill rally 

Do I need to register? Can I bring people with me?

Yes and yes. Registration is free but required–please register people you are bringing. Email katherine@mnhomelesscoalition.org if you are bringing a bus or van and do not have everyone’s contact information–let her know how many you expect from your district. The deadline to register is February 25, 2014.

Do I need to set up the meeting with my legislator?

No. Your meetings will be scheduled. Check this schedule for updates on legislative meeting times and locations.

What if I can only attend a portion of the day?

If you have to leave before your legislative visits, be sure to email your legislator later. If you get there late, stop by SOB 500N* to pick up materials. Buses will go back and forth between the Capitol and Guardian Angels all day. Check this schedule for updates on legislative meeting times and locations.

How late should I plan on being at the Capitol? 

Plan to stay until after your last legislative visit. The last bus leaves at 3:30pm–most people will be done before then.

*Homeless Day on the Hill coat room: 500N of the State Office Building (SOB). This room is located on the 5th floor of the SOB, west of State Capitol. Cross John Ireland Blvd outside, or take the indoor tunnels, located in the basement of the Capitol.
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Planning Your Day

Where, when, and why are we meeting in the morning? 

  • Guardian Angels Church 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN (10 miles from the Capitol). Free parking.
  • Registration opens at 8:30am. Kick-off starts at 9:00am. Free leave to Capitol at 10am.
  • The morning program will include an advocacy training, overview of the legislative agenda, and performance by zAmya Theater. You’ll break out by legislative district so you can connect with your team before you head to the Capitol.

Where should I park?

There is free parking at Guardian Angels church. There is metered street parking and parking lots near the Capitol. (Suggested: parking lot on Aurora, one block south of University. Do not park in the Sears lot.)

 What if I arrive late? 

If you cannot make the 9:00am morning programs, go straight to the Capitol. Pick up materials in SOB Room 500N.

What about lunch?

You can bring a lunch or buy a lunch in the Capitol cafeteria, located in the basement tunnel, or Department of Transportation cafeteria, located next to the State Office Building. Scholarship lunches will be available in SOB 500N.*

 Where can I leave my stuff at the Capitol?

SOB Room 500N* will serve as a coat room.

 How do I get back to Guardian Angel’s church?

Meet volunteers on the front steps of the State Capitol–volunteers will call the bus driver to pick you up. Buses will run back and forth continuously between the Capitol and church. The last bus the Capitol leaves at 3:30pm.

Tips

How should I prepare for my legislator meetings? 

Find out who represents you in the Minnesota House and Senate. Your district will be a NUMBER and the letter A or B. (i.e. 64A or 7B). Spend 10 minutes researching your state senator and state representative. Find out what their profession is, what committees they serve on, and their key issues. Remember, legislators are regular people who live in your area. They depend on constituents like you to help them understand issues. You are the voters: your concerns matter to them.

 How will I meet my team?

You’ll connect with others from your area during the morning program. It’s a good idea to swap cell phone numbers and plan to meet 10 minutes before your legislative visit.

 What should I wear?

Comfortable walking shoes!

What’s the hashtag?

#Homes4AllMN and #mnleg