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

Funders Toolkit - Employment

Search for Another Topic or Resource Type

What Topic Are You Interested In?
What Type of Resource Are You Looking For?


Below are the Search Results for 'Employment' Resources:


Featured Employment Resources

Additional Employment Resources

It's not too late to join Funders Together's newest community of practice focused on employment and homelessness.


Grounded in the lived examples of Tracy and Katherine McGregor, the McGregor Fund works to support and strengthen a safety net of essential resources and opportunities for vulnerable members of our community, particularly those experiencing sustained and concentrated poverty.


What started as as pilot program through funding from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Secure Jobs thrived through a systems change approach facilitated through public-private partnerships.

Founded in 1959, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the country. Located in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside of Baltimore, the Foundation focuses on granting in both the U.S. and Israel to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable populations.

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.

The HealthSpark Foundation is a private, independent foundation providing support to organizations that serve the unmet health and/or human service needs of residents living in and organizations serving Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Imagine yourself a single parent without a job, determined to lift your young family out of the misery of homelessness and into the security of stable housing. You need to work – and you want to work – but your first priority, understandably, is finding a place for your family to live.

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?

Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, shares why it is so important to use the powerful tool of influence and story telling to end homelessness.


Funders Together Los Angeles hosted a panel discussion to examine traditional workforce models, the current role social enterprises play in employing LA’s homeless and formerly homeless communities, and new opportunities in the field.

The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation is a family foundation based in Boston, Massachusetts. Created by Paul Fireman, former CEO of Reebok International, and his wife after Reebok became a public company in 1985, the foundation dedicates a major share of its funding resources to ending family homelessness in the Commonwealth and beyond.

We support Opening Doors, the Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. 1. To end homelessness, start with a home. 2. Open pathways to meaningful and stable employment to prevent homelessness. 3. Prevent a new generation from becoming homeless.

At Funders Together, we work to facilitate information sharing and scale best practices. One of the ways we do this is through issue- and community-based learning communities.


Across the country, communities -- and funders -- are creating systems that work for families.  

Butler Family Fund is a founding member of Funders Together to End Homelessness. In 1992, when the Butler Family Fund started with $10 million, it chose a mandate to help the less fortunate. Twenty years later, Butler Family Fund is a philanthropic leader, making connections between the efforts to end and prevent homelessness and work to secure employment for the...


Today, in every state, a family that relies entirely on TANF for income cannot cover the cost of fair market rent. Funders can play an important role in addressing the gaps.

The majority of persons who find themselves homeless want to work. Yet, homelessness often creates barriers to employment. Homeless people lack a fixed address, stability, flexibility and encounter many situational complications that render them less attractive employees. Others suffer from physical and mental health conditions that are better managed in supportive work environments. Without viable employment options these persons are...

Employment opportunities are key to the prevention of, and successful transition out of, homelessness. Without a viable income many individuals, families and youth are unable to sustain housing over the long term. Therefore, funding programs that support employment services for vulnerable populations is an effective strategy for ending and reducing homelessness.


Funders Together's new interactive map demonstrates the shortcomings of the TANF program in preventing family homelessness in the United States.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments aren't enough to cover a family's rent. See the numbers in your state.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs should expand opportunities for families living in poverty to increase their incomes through work.

Many of the adults in these families want to work, and they need access to employment and training services that are effective for people who face barriers to getting and keeping good jobs.

This report explores unemployment and public assistance programs in New York City. With a 10.6 percent unemployment rate and rising welfare rolls, the authors predict that the numbers of families and children living in homeless shelters will increase to 10,600 and 16,900 — increases of 13 and 15 percent, respectively — by the end of Fiscal Year 2010.

Families who experience homelessness often face significant difficulties, from providing an adequate education for their children, to something as basic as having enough to eat. Parents experiencing homelessness are frequently separated from their children, who may be sent into foster care and group homes, alone and without a stable, loving family for support.

Homeless vet will work sign

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.

When we first became involved with homelessness, we noticed that the national focus and most of the local work was on ending chronic homelessness.  While we applauded this effort, we wanted to see the 10-year community planning process include homeless families as well. 

More than 300 people from 33 states gathered at theNational Transitional Jobs Network Conference last month.

The Butler Family Fund has taken a two-pronged approach: we’ve addressed both our limited resources and the desire to make the most impact on ending homelessness.

Philanthropy needs to play a role in order for us to achieve the goals in Opening Doors.