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

Youth Homelessness: Hearing Their Stories, Sharing Ours

All of us should cringe when we hear the words “youth” and “homelessness” joined together. No society, least of all ours, should tolerate a system which allows our young to be discarded, victimized or left to live on the streets.  

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Looking Ahead: A Vision for Ending Family Homelessness

At the Gates Foundation, we’re now entering the 14th year of our work in Washington State to reduce family homelessness.  That may sound like a long time, but when dealing with a problem as complex and seemingly intractable as family homelessness, time is required to find and implement changes with the potential to have real impact.  

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Criminalizing Poverty

From the early 1800′s, people throughout the U.S. who could not afford a home were confined to “poorhouses” or “workhouses,” for the “crime” of being poor. Most of us look back on those days in disbelief, but today, communities all over the country are passing ordinances that come very close to making it a crime to be poor. 

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Helping Homeless Youth Realize Their Boundless Promise

A few years ago I was stopped on a freeway off-ramp on my way to a meeting in downtown Seattle.  As I sat there, I noticed a group of homeless people gathered under the overpass.  Then I saw something that shook me.

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The Global Classroom: A View of Homelessness from “Down Under”

As we work together as a national community to collectively educate each other about exciting new developments in the effort to permanently end homelessness, it’s important to step back and learn, as well, from a global vantage point.

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Reflecting on 2012, Looking Ahead to 2013

Before we bid farewell to 2012, all of us at Funders Together wanted to pause for a moment to share with you the highlights of what has been an extraordinarily productive year of activity for our small but mighty staff and our dedicated board.

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Moving Beyond the Safety Net to the Safety Trampoline

Many homeless programs were developed to respond to emergencies, providing a safety net for people in crisis.  The response from communities was compassionate and well meaning, but it was not a solution.

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Funders: Invest in Change, Spend on Impact

Homeless and housing programs are growing up. Thank goodness. 

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Magnifying the Power of Philanthropy: Building a Funders Network

More and more communities across the country are recognizing that there is incredible power in funders working together. 

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A Canadian Perspective on Ending Homelessness [Video]

What does an end to homelessness look like? The city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is on the road to finding out. 

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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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