HOME Advocacy Program

The Advocacy and Research team focuses on transforming the landscape of housing in DC through political and grassroots channels. Members of our team conduct research projects on a variety of topics relating to housing, such as mental illness, race, LGBTQ identity, gentrification, rent control, and food security. Additionally, we partner with DC-based housing justice organizations (such as the Unhoused Collective, Brookland Manor Coalition, and Washington Legal Clinic) to advocate for changes in policies to minimize homelessness and insecurity. Finally, we work to educate the Georgetown community about how to be in solidarity with our unhoused neighbors. 

Federal Work Study and volunteer positions are available to Georgetown students to support different client-focused programs and projects, 4-8 hours a week. Students are trained and participate in reflection sessions. Complete a sign-up form below.

HOME Advocacy and Research Team Coordinators

Olivia

I’m a senior studying Government and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and French, and have been working with HOME for the past two years. I am returning as an Advocacy coordinator this year and am excited to work on housing justice especially as the November election approaches! I was initially drawn to HOME because of my passion for renters’ rights. Having grown up in a family that rented multiple homes, I know the importance of just rent control laws, renter education, and anti-eviction work. I am also from the Bay Area, California, and have seen my community impacted by gentrification and the legacies of redlining. I am a passionate believer that a home is a human right and that it is not radical to end homelessness. 

Anya

Originally from the Greater Boston area, Anya is pursuing a dual-degree here at Georgetown; she is currently finishing up her undergraduate studies in Government and Arabic while beginning a Masters concentrating on domestic politics. Anya began working with HOME as a program intern in 2020, initially drawn by the prospect of learning about and promoting local, justice-oriented housing policy. This will be her second year as Co-Coordinator of the Advocacy team. Anya has loved lobbying DC council members and advocating for change alongside her HOME team. She has also loved seeing the Advocacy staff’s incredible work and dedication over the years.