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

Joseph Weisbord

Director, Credit Portfolio Management, Fannie Mae

Funders Together Board Treasurer

joe_weisbord_sized.jpgJoe directs Fannie Mae’s initiatives with housing and credit counselors to prevent foreclosures and reduce credit losses. He leads a team that brings Fannie Mae’s foreclosure prevention strategies to distressed markets across the country through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, state and local government and lenders. In this role, he piloted Fannie Mae’s first Mortgage Help Center, which has been replicated in 12 markets around the country.

Previously, Joe led Fannie Mae’s Homelessness Initiative. Through the initiative, the company invested in the creation of more than 7,800 units of supportive and affordable housing for homeless individuals and families with special needs.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae in January 2005, Joe served as staff director for Housing First!, a public education campaign credited with forging a consensus in local policy agenda that helped shape Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $3 billion “New Housing Marketplace” initiative.

Joe has more than 25 years of experience in housing finance and community development including six years with the Corporation for Supportive Housing. He began his career in the construction industry. Joe is on the faculty of the graduate urban planning program at Pratt Institute. He is a founding member of the board of directors of Funders Together to End Homelessness. Joe is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Pratt Institute.

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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

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

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-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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