Senior Housing NOW Rally Information

All of your questions answered for the Senior Housing NOW rally. 

Senior Housing Now Rally Information

Join LeadingAge and other housing advocates like you on Capitol Hill to rally around one simple goal: expand and preserve affordable housing for older adults.

When and Where the Rally is being Held?

Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: West Lawn of the United States Capitol Grounds- Area 1. View Map.
Lawn Location East of First Street, in between the Peace Monument and Garfield Monument

How Do I Register for the Rally?

Please use the online form to register your organization as an individual attendee or a group leader.

Don't have your roster by name yet? That's ok, please register now and provide your best estimate of how many people you are expecting to join you for our planning purposes. We want to make sure we are ready for you!

Where Can I find a Hotel Room?

Washington, DC has a variety of hotels to choose from. There are also a few hotels that are convenient to the rally site at the U.S. Capitol. and are some search engines that can help find accommodations.

What Should I Wear?

  • Remember to be comfortable while supporting affordable housing and keep in mind any meetings on Capitol Hill that you may have earlier or later.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; shoes that you believe will not strain your feet while standing and walking around. The rally will be held on the lawn.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear blue t-shirts.

Can I Bring Signs/Banners/Placards?

Bring handheld signs and placards to the rally. Note: although Capitol Hill Police don’t have specific requirements for signage dimensions, they do warn that the signage post/support must not exceed ¾ of an inch in thickness, have dull ends and cannot in any way be construed as a weapon. There can be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fasteners protruding from the supports. Signs will also be provided.

At the Rally, LeadingAge Will Provide:

  • Chairs.
  • Water.
  • First aid.
  • Portable bathrooms, including accessible bathrooms.
  • No shade beyond hats and visors.

Official Passenger Drop-off and Pick-up at the US Capitol

Loading and unloading of passengers must occur at the east curb of:

  • 1st and Maryland Ave., SW (east curb of Garfield Circle)
  • 1st St., SW/NW between Pennsylvania and Maryland Avenues
  • 1st and Pennsylvania Ave., NW (east curb of Peace Circle)

For more information, please browse the United States Capitol Hill Police Special Events Division visitor's guide on getting to the Capitol Hill.

Parking Information for Charter Buses

Many of you will arrive by charter bus. This is a list where buses can park for the duration of the event.

What are the Other Modes of Transportation?

Car Sharing & Taxi: Uber, Lyft, Taxis.

Metro: Nearest Stations: Union Station- Located at 1st St NE, and Massachusetts Ave NE. (10-minute walk) Capitol South – Located at 1st St between C and D SE. (14-minute walk) Federal Center, SW – Located at 3rd St SW and D St SW. (15-minute walk).

More details on traveling to the Capitol.

Where Are the Closest Public Restrooms?

Portable restroom facilities, including accessible restrooms, will be provided onsite. The closest public restroom facilities are the U.S. Botanical Garden on the corner of First Street and Maryland Ave SW.

What is Prohibited on Capitol Grounds?

Listed below are a few things that are prohibited while on U.S. Capitol Grounds:

  • Any firearm, explosive, club, missile, chemical or other incendiary device or other weapons. It is also prohibited to use or display any open flame including, but not limited to, ignited candles, torches, lanterns, or lamps.
  • Federal law prohibits flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems, such as drones, anywhere in the District of Columbia. Washington, DC, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds are designated as a NO DRONE ZONE.

What’s Permitted on Capitol Grounds?

The use of camera equipment to film or photograph on Capitol Grounds for private or other non-commercial use is permitted the use of tripods or other film or photography enhancement equipment is limited to grassy areas where pedestrian or vehicular traffic will not be impeded.

Read more about prohibited actions and items.

What if I am unable to attend the rally in Washington DC, but would still like to participate?

If you are not able to make it to D.C., you can have a Rally and Watch Party in your local community. Here is a toolkit to help with some ideas for your local Senior Housing NOW Rally and Watch Party. We are asking everyone to join our National Day of Action for Senior Housing NOW on May 8th, the same day as the Rally. Be sure to post pictures of your party on your social media and tag @leadingage and use #seniorhousingnow so we can see the great Watch Party you host on May 8th.

If you would like to become a co-host of the rally, please contact Joe Franco for more information at 202-508-9442.