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Why I Appreciate Being Tired on January 24

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In the early hours of the morning of January 24, I once again joined with hundreds of other volunteers here in Seattle and King County as we fanned out across the region to count the number of people who are homeless in our communities.

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Re-Imagining Our Response to Youth Homelessness: A Systems Approach

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With limited resources and increasing demand, we have to think about prevention. 

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Remembering Robert Hess

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With great sadness, we announce the death of Robert Hess, former Commissioner of Homeless Services for the City of New York.

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What a Year! Looking Back Over Our Work in 2013

What a year it has been for Funders Together! 

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The Need for Trauma-Informed Care for Homeless Families: Shifting Our Response

The Shift Study: Final Report

It is time for a fundamental shift in awareness and in practice, but how do we do this?

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Get a Job, Buster!

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People experiencing homelessness were the focus of a “Connect to Work” project at the Supportive Housing Providers Association of Illinois (SHPA). They identified six elements shared by the best programs in the country.

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Supporting Solutions to Prevent and End Homelessness

Trust’s three primary program areas: Housing, Health and Support, and IncomeMelville Charitable Trust spent a year examining and honing its grantmaking to prevent and end homelessness. Find out how they did it.

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Chronic Homelessness: A Problem That is Inherently Solvable [Video]

Chronic Homelessness: A Problem That is Inherently Solvable Video

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation hosted over 80 local stakeholders for the third annual Chronic Homelessness Initiative Convening at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Testing New Waters: The Simmons Foundation Awards New Grants to Help Houston-Area Women Veterans

Through Funders Together, we have learned a great deal about the vast needs facing veterans in Houston. Much to our surprise, Houston has the second largest returning-veteran population and there is great need for private philanthropic support, coordination of services, and collaboration among local agencies.

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Systems Change and Glaciers: What Do They Have in Common?

Collaborative systems change like a glacier:  It moves slowly, and its progress is sometimes hard to observe, but over time its enormous power completely and permanently transforms the landscape in ways that are dramatic and, at the outset, unimaginable.

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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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