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

Patelli Paschal

  • @PatelliPaschal tweeted link to Funders Together Los Angeles. 2016-04-11 13:15:35 -0400
    Los Angeles Homeless Funders Group (Funders Together Los Angeles) http://www.funderstogether.org/los_angeles_homeless_funders_group?recruiter_id=10080

    Funders Together Los Angeles


    The Funders Together to End Homelessness – Los Angeles chapter is a community in which more than thirty funder members meet quarterly to learn about and discuss new solutions to homelessness in LA County. The goal of the chapter is to build a regional network of private and philanthropic funders working to prevent and end homelessness who:

    • Invest in effective, strategic, and innovative grantmaking
    • Mobilize leadership, ideas, and partnerships to communicate what works and why
    • Promote more efficient use of local, state, and national resources

    While the 2017 Point-in-Time Count revealed that Los Angeles County has one of the largest homeless populations in the country, there is an enormous amount of collaboration, innovation, and opportunity to end homelessness as evident in some of the developments noted below:

    • Funders Collaborative: Through the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, action-oriented and community-focused corporations, foundations and public agencies collaborate in shaping the strategic vision of L.A.’s work to end homelessness and increasing impact by leveraging their grantmaking. It has effectively supported services and solutions needed to reduce and end homelessness by:
      • Building the unprecedented level of public and political will in Los Angeles to address homelessness
      • Serving as a catalyst toward the planning and adoption of coordinated, comprehensive County and City plans to combat homelessness
      • Seeding systems change, including the Coordinated Entry System (CES), which streamlines housing placements across the County
    • Coordinated EntryCES has become the “new normal” and the former maze-like housing process is being streamlined through collaborative systems change. CES now operates on-the-ground in all areas of LA County through the support and coordination of over 100 local service providers. A team in each region now meets regularly, working together to ensure full geographic coverage by coordinating and expanding outreach, effective assistance to help clients navigate the housing system, and efficient and accurate matches to housing and non-housing resources (such as medical supports) based on the individual needs and acuity level.
    • Allocation of Healthcare Funding for Housing Subsidies: The L.A. County Department of Health Services established a Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool to streamline and scale up the housing process for homeless individuals who are struggling with complex medical and behavioral health conditions.  Through non-profit owned supportive housing, affordable housing, master lease buildings, scattered site housing, and private market housing, rental subsidies are provided to the highest utilizers of DHS services who are not able to access existing subsidies. In December of 2017, the RAND Corporation released . RAND’s key findings indicated:
      • Medical and mental health service use fell sharply, particularly a 68 percent reduction in emergency room visits and 77 percent reduction in inpatient stays.
      • Across all the public services examined, the cost of services for participants declined by nearly 60 percent during their first year in the program, falling from an average of $38,146 per person to $15,358 after one year of housing

      Including the costs of PSH, the program produced a net savings of about 20 percent – for every $1 invested in the program, Los Angeles County saved $1.20 by reducing health care and other social service costs.

    • Accelerating the Production of Supportive Housing: Foundations are supporting nonprofit developers to increase their pipelines, investing loan funds for acquisition and predevelopment financing, and working with local government to reduce the time it takes for permitting construction of supportive housing.

      In 2017, the FTEH-LA Network hosted several learning sessions including:

      • What’s Next for LA City & County Strategies to End Homelessness?
      • Equity and Homelessness
      • Pay for Success and Impact Investing Workshop


    Steering Committee Members - 2018-2019

    Participating Organizations

    The Ahmanson Foundation
    Aileen Getty Foundation
    Annenberg Foundation
    Bank of America
    California Community Foundation
    The California Endowment
    The California Wellness Foundation
    Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation
    Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation
    Cedars Sinai
    Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West)
    Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation
    Everychild Foundation
    First 5 LA
    George Hoag Family Foundation
    Jewish Community Foundation
    John Gogian Family Foundation
    JP Morgan Chase & Co.
    Kaiser Permanente
    L.A. Care Health Plan
    La Jolla Coin
    Liberty Hill Foundation
    Pfaffinger Foundation
    The Ralph M. Parson Foundation
    Rose Hills Foundation
    Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
    Southern California Grantmakers
    Specialty Family Foundation
    Mark Taper Foundation
    UniHealth Foundation
    Union Bank of California Foundation
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation
    Weingart Foundation
    Well Being Trust
    W.M. Keck Foundation