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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Included in this resource:
- Ending Homelessness: An Overview for Funders
- Effective Grantmaking to Help End Homelessness
- Retooling the Homeless Crisis Response System
- Using Local Data for System Improvement
- Framing the Front Door: Coordinated Assessment
- Improving Housing Outcomes with Rapid Re-housing
- Solutions that Work to End Homelessness
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?
Included in this resource:
- Effective Targeting of Permanent Supportive Housing
- Refocusing and Repurposing Transitional Housing
- Targeting Prevention, Expanding Diversion
While there are numerous policies that may affect homelessness services and prevention, we stand behind these key policy principles.
We know that sequestration is hurting homelessness services around the country. This infographic is designed to give a brief overview.
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.
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.