What does systems change to end homelessness look like? What is the funder's role in creating effective systems?
“When you are confronted by any complex social system … with things about it that you’re dissatisfied with and anxious to fix, you cannot just step in and set about fixing with much hope of helping. This is the one of the sore discouragements of our time. If you want to fix something you are first obliged to understand … the whole system.”
At Funders Together to End Homelessness, we are seeing an encouraging trend: thought leaders working to end homelessness are focusing not on the results of individual programs, but rather on a systemic approach that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness. Communities are convening in unprecedented ways. Funders are setting aside short-term successes to prioritize sustainable results.
This resource gives an overview of the steps funders can take to lay the groundwork for sustainable, system-wide efforts to end and prevent homelessness.
We recognize that systems change can be a daunting concept to grasp at times, and it can be even more difficult to implement the following ideas. If you are a funder who would like support in your work to catalyze systems change in your community, please contact Anne Miskey.
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