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Employment and Homelessness

The connection between economic security and the preventing and ending of homelessness is significant. Investing in initiatives that focus on this connection and that support employment services for vulnerable populations is an effective strategy for ending and reducing homelessness. Below are various resources from Funders Together, members, and partners that can act as useful guides as you look to explore or expand your economic security focus. We will be continually updating this page as new resources come about so be sure to check back often!

FTEH Employment Resources

Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Strategies for Funders 
Funding programs that support employment services for vulnerable populations is an effective strategy for ending and reducing homelessness.

Blog Posts

Dignity and Security: A Home and a Job

Beyond Housing Stability to Economic Opportunity 

Making Connections: Economic Opportunities and the Pathway to Ending Family Homelessness


Connecting Employment and Homelessness Systems
What are the key elements of success and how can philanthropy support these efforts?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act & Philanthropy
Philanthropy has an opportunity to guide the planning and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in communities around the nation. So how do we get there?

Leveraging Innovative Tactics to Employ Those Experiencing Homelessness
The connection between employment and homelessness is evident: homelessness is a barrier to stable employment. Without the fair opportunity for employment, the ability to find a home and stay housed dramatically decreases putting individuals and families at risk. How, as funders, can we invest in and use our influence to leverage tactics to help employ individuals experiencing homelessness?

Featured Members

HealthSpark Foundation

Butler Family Fund

The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation


Partner Resources

Heartland Alliance: Working to End Homelessness Toolkit
The guides included in the Working to End Homelessness toolkit reflect everything Heartland has learned about helping people experiencing homelessness find and keep employment, in order to meet their needs, become and remain stably housed, and fulfill their personal goals. 

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Economic Security
For people experiencing homelessness, a stable source of income and opportunities to build assets are necessary for securing and maintaining housing. This page contains resources on economic security, assembled by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. 

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-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

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-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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