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

Our Thank You to Matthew Doherty

Funders Together to End Homelessness thanks Matthew Doherty for his service as Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

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Ending Homelessness by Committing to Racial Equity

Past Board Chairs, Bill Pitkin and Janice Elliott, and current Board Chair, Katie Hong chronicle the racial equity learning journey of Funders Together to End Homelessness from naming it as a strategic priority to making its Commitment to Racial Equity. 

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Funders Together to End Homelessness Statement on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Meeting With Secretary Ben Carson and HUD

On Thursday, October 3, Funders Together to End Homelessness attended a “Stakeholder HUDdle” meeting with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Secretary Ben Carson.

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Funders Together to End Homelessness Response to the Administration’s Federal Intervention on Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness responds to the recent White House Council of Economic Advisers "The State of Homelessness in America" report and proposed federal intervention on homelessness in Los Angeles.

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Pathways Forward: Addressing Employment & Income in the Fight to End Homelessness

This summer, Heartland Alliance announced the Pathways Forward Challenge - a call to communities across the country to engage in creating more effective and equitable pathways to employment for people experiencing homelessness. In this blog post, Melissa Young and Carrie Felton of Heartland Alliance, discuss the goals of the challenge and how philanthropy plays a critical role in the success of these goals. 

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Housing Shouldn’t Depend on Immigration Status

In June, Meyer Memorial Trust submitted public comments in opposition of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed rule to prohibit "mixed-status" families from federal housing assistance. In this blog post, Meyer Memorial Trust President & CEO, Michelle J. Depass outlines why the Trust took a stance and used its voice to condemn the proposed rule that will fuel racial inequities in housing and homelessness across the country. 

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Chicago’s Potential: Ending Homelessness and Strengthening Nonprofits

Throughout the Polk Bros Foundation's 30th anniversary year, in its Chicago’s Potential blog series, it is sharing trends and progress the Foundation is noticing across focus areas, and pointing to what they see changing in Chicago that gives them hope. This post from Polk Bros. Foundation Senior Program Officer Debbie Reznick, who leads grantmaking in the Foundation’s Strong Communities and Enhanced Capacity program areas, originally appeared on the Foundation's blog in June 2019. In it, Debbie focuses on areas related to ending homelessness, increasing access to justice through legal aid and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

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Three Key Takeways Philanthropy Should Consider from the 2019 Funders Institute


Erik Houser, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Campion Foundation, attended the 2019 Funders Institute and the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. and walked away with three main points that he believes is critical to philanthropy's work to end homelessness.

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2019 Funders Institute: Reflections from a Family Foundation Perspective

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Marci Lu, Senior Program Officer at the William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, attended the first day of the July 2019 Funders Institute, Removing Barriers to Advance Racial Equity from the Ground Up. In this post she outlines key takeaways on how family foundations can support community work that’s advancing racial equity and addressing racial disparities.

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Authentic Inclusion and Advocacy: Reflections from the Point Source Youth Symposium

In June, I attended the Point Source Youth Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness in New York City. There were many conversations that resonated and increased my knowledge in the field, but there were three major take-aways that struck me as actions that funders should consider in their workplaces, grantmaking, and advocacy work.

 

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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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