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

Monthly COVID-19 Funder Call

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Funders Together to End Homelessness organized weekly funder calls for philanthropy to connect and share information about local responses to the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness. Starting September 2020, these calls will move to being monthly calls on Wednesdays at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT.

We will continue to aggregate and share resources on our COVID-19 Responses for Philanthropy resource page and will release an updated version of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Recommendations for Philanthropy this Fall.

 

Funder Call Format

Funder calls are active, discussion-based calls. To encourage open dialogue, these calls are not recorded. We start these COVID-19 funder calls with a brief update or resource from a field partner and then switch to discussion between funders on what is happening in their communities and how they are responding.

September 16 Agenda

Discussion: Come prepared to share answers to the following questions at the beginning of this call:

  • What eviction prevention measures or support is there in your community?
  • How are you as a funder thinking about eviction prevention and rental assistance? What questions do you have about eviction prevention, rental assistance, and right to counsel?

Field update: For the second half of this call, we'll hear from Matt Hill, Attorney at Public Justice Center, about preventing an avalanche of evictions and laying the foundation for housing as a human right during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt will talk about right to counsel as a method for preventing evictions and how local jurisdictions can help pay for this service.

Matt Hill is an attorney and team leader of the Human Right to Housing Project at the Public Justice Center (PJC). The Human Right to Housing Project seeks to protect and expand tenants’ rights to safe, habitable, affordable, and non-discriminatory housing and to fair and equal treatment by Maryland’s landlord-tenant laws, courts, and agencies. Matt also serves as a commissioner on Baltimore City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. 

Registration

Please register for this COVID-19 Funder Call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop, Membership and Program Coordinator.

Please note: If you were previously on the recurring calendar invitation, that calendar invitation has been deleted and you will need to register for each call you wish to attend.

 

Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

WHEN
September 16, 2020 at 3pm - 4pm
CONTACT
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs ·

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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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