At Funders Together, we are seeing an encouraging trend: thought leaders working to end homelessness are focusing not on the successes of individual programs, but rather on a systemic approach that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness. A systems approach integrates theory, analysis, stakeholder participation, systems mapping, and identification of high-leverage interventions to help communities uncover the dynamics that can get them stuck.
What does this mean in practice? Communities are convening in unprecedented ways. Federal government agencies are working to break down the silos that can get them stuck. Funders are setting aside short-term successes to prioritize sustainable results. And everyone is working together.
Funders Together Resources
While bringing together diverse stakeholders is a necessary step towards ending homelessness, it is not sufficient. Thinking and acting systemically are required to end homelessness.
From Our Members
Calgary Homeless Foundation - System Planning Framework
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Strategy Summary
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Mobilizing Los Angeles County to End Chronic Homelessness
Raikes Foundation - A Place to Call Home: Our Strategy for Solving Youth Homelessness
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