The Houston affiliate of Funders Together to End Homelessness organized intentionally as a public-private funders collaborative in order to align efforts, build on each other's strengths, leverage resources and work at a systems level. The mission of Funders Together Houston is both simple and powerful: build a local network of funders who are committed to reducing homelessness through strategic collaboration...
Every summer the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference on ending homelessness has been a highlight for me. It reinvigorates me. It teaches me. It reminds me why we do this work – day in and day out.
The partnership between Butler Family Fund and Oak Foundation illustrates the power that funders have when they join forces to create replicable, systemic, and lasting solutions to homelessness.
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.
What does an end to homelessness look like? The city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is on the road to finding out.
Many systems touch at-risk and homeless families: foster care, child welfare, crisis response, mental health services, and schools, to name a few–but no one system will solve family homelessness alone.
I’m never quite sure what the reaction will be when I mention the concept of “public-private partnerships” to a colleague.
The Building Tulsa, Building Lives capital campaign to end chronic homelessness continues to expand and develop. As a result, with more housing development, chronic homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma has decreased.
The new Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System will promote better solutions for families while simultaneously insuring more efficient responses at the systems level.
Data is essential to identifying what we need to do to end homelessness, and for making the case for collaboration across silos and systems.
We can end homelessness in America, but philanthropy must be willing to step forward and challenge the status quo.
Philanthropy needs to play a role in order for us to achieve the goals in Opening Doors.
Bill Gates, Sr. told a group of funders gathered at his Foundation’s new Seattle campus on Friday to “be bold, be imaginative, and to work together” to end homelessness.
Colleagues from other philanthropies sometimes ask me if the activities they fund meet the criteria for joining Funders Together to End Homelessness. I don’t ask just about housing.
Earlier this month, Rhode Island built on national momentum to staff the Rhode Island Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Los Angeles County has had the dubious distinction of being referred to as the “homelessness capital” of the nation.
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.
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.
Just about anyone working to solve the problem of homelessness in our communities recognizes that coordinating public and private efforts is a key ingredient to measurable, sustainable success.