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Policy Priorities for the Next Administration

We believe philanthropy has a voice in addressing homelessness and advancing solutions to prevent and end it with the upcoming Presidential administration. As Funders Together to End Homelessness prepares for the administration transition, together with our national partners we are focused on continuing to make preventing and ending homelessness a bi-partisan priority. To accomplish this, we are focused on the following: 

This page will serve as a collection of information that will continually be updated with new reports, fact sheets, websites, and other resources that support these priority areas. 

1. Housing stability is an issue that affects education, health, and work force development. We believe in expanding the supply of housing, including affordable housing, and strengthen connections of these efforts with others to foster better health, economic mobility, and educational achievement.

  • We are part of a multi-issue coalition advocating for The First Step to End Family Homelessness. The First Step plan from the National Alliance to End Homelessness outlines the proposal that will allocate $11 billion over ten years to provide children and families experiencing homelessness with short- and long-term rental assistance, and help to get into a home or apartment.

Resources:

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Opportunities To End Homelessness and Housing Poverty In A Trump Administration 

2. Early intervention that stops the cycle of homelessness and poverty is critical for youth and young adults.

  • As a founding member of A Way Home America we believe the following transition priorities will be critical to systems change needed to provide a more stable future to our youth. The A Way Home America Transition Plan identifies actions and strategies necessary to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. The Transition Plan is intended to inform the next Presidential Administration, federal appointees, and members of congress on our collective goals to end youth and young adult homelessness.

3. Strengthening the connections between employment services and homelessness services to both prevent homelessness and ensure that exits from homelessness are permanent, stable, and successful.


Additional Resources

Transition Landing Teams

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Ready for the New Congress - 8 Things They Might Do With Big Impacts on Homelessness

Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce 2016 Post-Election Policy Briefing Resources

Post-Election FAQs for the National Health Care for the Homeless Coalition Community

Bolder Advocacy: Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

Bolder Advocacy: Transition Team Advocacy

If you have any questions regarding our transition priorities, or have a resource to share, please feel free to contact Amanda Andere at amanda@funderstogether.org.

 


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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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