A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

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2015 Policy Platform

While there are numerous policies that may affect homelessness services and prevention, we know that success in the following areas will dramatically reduce the number of people and families experiencing homelessness.  These are our policy priority areas for 2015.

 

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Advocacy for Funders: The Legal Limitations on Lobbying

Funders can and should be advocates for policies and funding streams that can end and prevent homelessness. Understand the legal restrictions on private foundations’ advocacy efforts with this new resource.

 

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Building a Funders Network

Funders networks have been critical to bringing together all kinds of grantmakers within a community and forging commitments to a systems approach. What are the key elements in building an effective funders network in your own community?

 

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Ending Family Homelessness: The Systems Approach and the Role of Philanthropy [VIDEO AND BRIEF]

Until recently, modern family homelessness has been primarily addressed with temporary shelter or transitional housing and services to families during their crisis of homelessness. Funders are key players at the local, state, and national levels to lead the movement toward a systems approach to ending family homelessness.

 

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Grantmakers Toolkit on Ending Homelessness

Philanthropy’s role is to be catalytic, to not only make effective grants to prevent and end homelessness, but to help lead our communities—through education and advocacy, coordinating, collaborating, and convening—toward the necessary systems changes that must accompany what works. How do you get started?

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HEARTH Briefs

The Homelessness Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, passed in 2009, is the most important piece of federal legislation on homelessness in 20 years. HEARTH affects how homeless services are funded and delivered, including consolidating funding programs, increasing local flexibility, and introducing new community-level performance expectation. How can funders support this transition?

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Policy Principles

While there are numerous policies that may affect homelessness services and prevention, we stand behind these key policy principles. 

 

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Sequestration's Impact on Homelessness [INFOGRAPHIC]

We know that sequestration is hurting homelessness services around the country. This infographic is designed to give a brief overview.

 

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Systems Change 101: Understanding the Systems Approach

We are seeing an encouraging trend: thought leaders working to end homelessness are focusing not on the successes of individual programs, but rather on a systemic approach that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness and uncovers the dynamics that can get communities stuck.

 

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TANF Fails to Meet Basic Needs

Today, in every state, a family that relies entirely on TANF for income cannot cover the cost of fair market rent. Funders can, however, play an important role in addressing the gap between state TANF benefits and Fair Market Rents, as well as strengthening the relationship between state TANF programs and housing programs.

 

 

Sample PowerPoint Presentation: Building a Funders Network


Sample PowerPoint Slides: Systems Change

 

 

Webinar: Connections Project

Webinar: Connecting Employment and Homelessness Systems

Webinar: Housing-based Solutions to Homelessness

Webinar: Systems Change 101

Webinar: Social Impact Investing

 


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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation


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