Reflections on our 2014 Funders Institute
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.
By combining the power of public and private funding with the expertise of programs such as Pathways DC, we have provided a tangible, permanent solution to one of the greatest social shortcomings of our time.
With a scarf and a clipboard, I joined many government officials to conduct a census of people who were spending the night on the street in D.C. with low temperatures in the 30s.
We must view the issue of veteran homelessness as an ongoing, deeply rooted, and formidable challenge.
Over the last couple of months, an abundance of useful homelessness resources have become available. These are our recommended reads for funders.
A group of funders in Los Angeles—both philanthropic and public― recently announced a single $42 million Request for Proposals for projects providing housing and supportive services for people identified as chronically homeless.
Together, we can ensure all our veterans have a home to call their own.
Funders Together is pleased to announce the creation of a new working group for funders focused on veterans homelessness.
Until very recently, homelessness among our veterans has been largely ignored.