Housing Justice Network Conference

Registration open for the Housing Justice Network Conference!

SEPTEMBER 4-6, 2024

Minneapolis, MN

Join the National Housing Law Project and the Housing Justice Network in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 4-6 at the 2024 HJN Conference! We’ll bring together hundreds of housing justice legal aid attorneys, organizers, and advocates from across the country to build the collective power we need to advance housing justice. Attendees will share strategies, study emerging issues, identify policy priorities, and connect with housing justice movement leaders. We’ll also hold an MCLE-accredited training for advocates new to housing law. Register today to save your spot!

Conference Registration Fees

The Early Bird registration deadline is Thursday, June 20.

Registration Options:

Online (preferred) – Register here!

Mail – Please complete this form. Mailed forms must be postmarked by June 20 to be eligible for the early bird discount, and postmarked no later than July 1 to be eligible for regular registration. Please note that we often sell out, and we will not be able to honor mail-in registrations received after all tickets have been sold.

  • Discount for Multiple Attendees
    There is a 15% discount for five or more attendees registering at the same time from the same organization or program. Please submit a registration form for each attendee. If registering via mail, be sure to submit all 5+ forms in one envelope.
  • Scholarships
    Applications are closed. If you are awarded either a fee waiver or a scholarship, you will be provided with instructions to register online for the conference. If you do not register promptly, we cannot guarantee you a place at the conference.
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy
    We will offer refunds (less a $50 handling fee) for cancellations made before July 1. To qualify, please send an email to 2024hjn@nhlp.org by July 1 and use the subject line “Refund requested.”
  • Covid 19 Precautions
    All attendees are strongly encouraged to test before they travel to the conference. Masks are optional. NHLP will evaluate additional COVID protocols closer to the date of the conference and update attendees with any changes.

Questions on your registration? Email 2024hjn@nhlp.org

Conference Hotel and Lodging

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 376-1000

NHLP has secured a limited number of rooms at the discounted rate of $179/night for the nights of September 3-5. Reserve your room using the link below as soon as possible to secure this rate.
Book Online with the Hilton by July 1st!
If booking by phone, reference “HJN Conference.”

Schedule of Events

See below for an expected schedule of events – note that for the in-person events there may be minor changes as we get closer to the date.

New Advocate Training

NHLP’s federal housing new advocate training provides two opportunities to learn with the nation’s top housing law experts. Part One is a live pre-conference webinar, Laying the Foundation, on August 15th, during which NHLP will provide a comprehensive overview of the federal housing programs. Part Two is Raising the Roof, an in-person session on September 4th at the HJN Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where participants will move past the basics and engage in interactive learning and simulated client cases, led by NHLP staff and HJN network leaders.

Part One: Laying the Foundation, an Online Webinar on Thursday, August 15th from 12pm – 4pm ET (9am – 1pm PT). Online access information and training materials will be provided after payment of registration.

Part Two: Raising the Roof, an In-Person Training on Wednesday, September 4th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

NHLP will only offer MCLE credits for the New Advocate Training on August 15th and September 4th, NOT the full conference.


Wednesday, September 4th

  • 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm, Sit down with colleagues for workshops on the prominent housing issues facing our clients.
  • 6 pm – 8 pm, HJN Happy Hour to welcome new members to the Housing Justice Network. Old friends are invited too!

Thursday, September 5th

  • 8 am – 9:00 am, Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Conference Programming including Welcome, Plenary, and Workshops (Lunch on your own)
  • 6:30 pm – 9 pm, HJN Reception and Awards at the Hilton Hotel. The Bill Powers Housing Justice and David Bryson Awards will be announced during the reception. This will be a great chance to catch up with friends new and old!

Friday, September 6th

  • 8:00 am – 9 am, Breakfast
  • 9 am – 3:00 pm, Conference Sessions, Lunch, and Keynote


HJN Conference Workshop Topics

Admissions & Evictions

  • Challenging Rental Application Fees & Junk Fees 
  • Defending Criminal Activity Eviction Cases
  • Innovative Models for Reducing Evictions and Improving Tenant Outcomes
  • Representing and Empowering Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Hot Topics in Tenant Right to Counsel

Housing Preservation

  • Suing the Slumlords to Challenge Housing Conditions and Preserve Rental Housing
  • Leveraging Resident Voices to Preserve Public Housing
  • Heirs Property — Fixing Homes, Clearing Title, and Preserving Wealth
  • Manufactured Home Communities – Growing Rights and Accessing Justice
  • Preserving Unsubsidized “Naturally Occurring” Affordable Housing

Fair Housing

  • Engaging Communities to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
  • Eliminating Crime Free/Nuisance Housing Ordinances
  • Source of Income Discrimination Protections — Challenges, Successes and Enforcement
  • The Fair Housing Act and Clients with Mental Illness
  • Using Disparate Impact Litigation to Attack Discriminatory Blanket Screening Policies 

Advocacy Strategies

  • Federal Court Affirmative Litigation Strategies and Pitfalls
  • Using Appellate Litigation to Develop a State’s Landlord-Tenant Law
  • How Movement Lawyers and Organizers Collaborate in Campaign Coalitions
  • Incorporating Narrative Strategies Into Advocacy Campaigns
  • Addressing Root Causes of Homelessness in Light of City of Grants Pass v. Johnson

And More…

Housing Justice Network Awards

Please visit our HJN awards webpage.