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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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Fill the Coverage Gap for the Most Vulnerable Workers by Extending Medicaid in Ohio

Foundations in Ohio award over $200 million in health-focused grants in an average year. These dollars, however, pale in comparison to the investment that extending Medicaid can provide.

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Legal Advocacy: A Powerful Tool to End and Prevent Homelessness

Legal advocacy means more than simply going into court on behalf of an individual client; it is a multifaceted approach that includes outreach and education, policy reform and, when necessary, litigation.

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Housing is Health Care: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients

Heath care providers are seeing that supportive housing is a critical intervention in improving the health of long-term homeless persons.

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Can Increased Access to Health Insurance Improve Care for Homeless Populations?

The slow and steady Affordable Care Act implementation process speeds up in October. But what does it mean for our fight to end homelessness? 

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Living With the Consequences: Sequestration's Impact on the Houston Housing Authority

Decisions made by politicians in Washington DC have a cutting impact on the lives of real people in communities nationwide. 

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Homelessness Requires Housing and Services, Not Jail

City leaders want to end homelessness in downtown, yet by criminalizing it, they will be wasting precious resources.

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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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