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

Facilitating Philanthropy’s Response to Homelessness

Recently, an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy asked a question vital to the mission of Funders Together: As social needs mount, how can philanthropy best alleviate homelessness? 

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Seeding Systems Change, Innovation and a Plan to End Homelessness in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County has had the dubious distinction of being referred to as the “homelessness capital” of the nation.

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The Funders Together Forum: Philanthropy and the National Plan to End Homelessness

Funders from a dozen states gathered for a Funders Forum in Washington DC on July 12 prior to the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness to discuss philanthropy’s role in implementing Opening Doors.

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Federal Plan Marks a New Day in the Fight Against Homelessness

The Obama Administration and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, consisting of 19 federal agencies, recently released the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness: Opening Doors.

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Finally, A Federal Plan to End Homelessness

The Obama Administration released a much anticipated comprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness, titled, Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

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A Message on the Release of ‘Opening Doors’

Opening Doors is a landmark in the history of fighting homelessness.

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The Supportive Housing Industry Forges Ahead

CSH and its partners around the country have succeeded in not only building consensus that supportive housing works, but in also building a supportive housing industry that is well-established and highly innovative.

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HPRP: It Has ‘Transformative Potential’…but is it Tweet-worthy?

Lately, many local news stories have spotlighted the use of HPRP (Homeless Prevention and Rapid re-housing Program) funds and how these funds are saving families and individuals from the streets. 

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Grant-making in the Homelessness Area: One Foundation’s Strategic Initiative to Help End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.

The William S. Abell Foundation decided five years ago that it needed to take a fresh look at its grant-making in the homelessness area since little progress had been made in the District in addressing homelessness. 

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Is There Ever a Good Day to be Homeless?

I’m sure it was the warm sunny weather or a pre-April Fool’s Day idea of a joke but a tweet on Twitter caught my attention yesterday. “Today would be a great day to be homeless."

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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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