This commitment articulates how Funders Together to End Homelessness has and will use a racial equity lens to support our members and the philanthropic sector to shift its practice, policy and grantmaking actions and how we will foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within FTEH as an organization. We encourage this document and its language to be a template or guide for funders to use in their own statements and work around addressing racial inequities in housing and homelessness.
View our Commitment to Racial Equity here or click on any of the section headers below to see the components of our commitment.
To learn more about our journey to this Commitment and what this means for our organization, members, and the field moving forward, read this blog post by past and current board chairs, Bill Pitkin, Janice Elliott, and Katie Hong, who were all instrumental in pushing and designing it.
Missed Opportunities: National Estimates highlights results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. Overall, findings show one in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. As a nation, we are missing opportunities to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential and contribute to stronger communities and economies across the country.
Source: Voices of Youth Count
This report by Housing Action Illinois and the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) explores how an eviction filing on the public record is a serious obstacle to finding housing for people whose cases did not result in them actually getting evicted. This is true even in cases where the tenant didn’t violate their lease in any way. Prejudged: The Stigma of Eviction Records shows that 39% of eviction cases filed in Cook County during the past four years did not result in an eviction order and/or other judgment against the tenant.
Source: Housing Action Illinois
This report from Community Solutions, funded by JPMorgan Chase, documents our journey from the end of the 100,000 Homes Campaign to the present— a journey that has seen seven US communities end veteran homelessness and three US communities end chronic homelessness, the first ever to do so. In all, the 77 communities participating in our Built for Zero initiative have connected more than 85,000 veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness to permanent homes since January of 2015.
Source: Community Solutions
While many communities across the country are working to end homelessness, too few have adopted legal protections to help renters find, and stay in, housing. This report explores the links between housing instability and homelessness as well as the laws that can reduce housing instability. While increasing the availability of affordable housing is a necessary component of ending homelessness, it may not be sufficient if low-income families and individuals are not able to access and keep stable housing. Legal protections can help increase housing stability and reduce homelessness.
This report updates the progress and early outcomes for four supportive housing projects funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health as part of its Show Me Healthy Housing program. The report updates the initial evaluation report from 2016. It details the implementation of supportive housing for all sites and interim outcomes on housing stability, income, health status, healthcare utilization and costs for projects that have served tenants for at-least 12 months. Most sites struggled with securing funding for long-term rental subsidies and case management, but the report finds positive outcomes for housing stability and reductions in ER usage and costs.
Source: Urban Institute
In 2001, the Corporation for Supportive Housing began exploring how to promote supportive housing for individuals returning to the community from incarceration. Supportive housing for the reentry population is designed for individuals with chronic health challenges who were homeless upon entry to prison or jail or at risk of homelessness upon release.
Research has shown that individuals with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illnesses, or other disabilities often cycle through the criminal justice and homelessness systems multiple times and may also frequently use crisis health and mental health services (Burt and Anderson 2005; Hall, Burt, Roman and Fontaine 2009; Metraux and Culhane 2004). Given the success of supportive housing models in increasing the residential stability of persons with homeless and mental health histories (Burt and Anderson 2005; Culhane, Metraux, and Hadley 2002; Culhane, Parker, Poppe, Gross, and Sykes 2007). CSH believed expanding these programs to target those released from incarceration could be a way to break the costly cycle of incarceration, homelessness, and emergency service utilization.
CSH launched its Returning Home Initiative with a $6 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional support from the Open Society Institute, the Conrad N. Hilton and JEHT Foundations in the spring of 2006. The Returning Home Initiative (RHI) has two goals. First, it is dedicated to establishing permanent supportive housing (PSH) as an essential component of reintegrating formerly incarcerated persons with histories of disabilities and housing instability into their communities. Second, it is dedicated to initiating and implementing public policy changes that strengthen the integration and coordination of the corrections, housing, mental health, and human service systems. As part of the first goal, the RHI seeks to:
1) develop successful supportive housing models tailored to formerly incarcerated persons;
2) facilitate the placement of 1,000 formerly incarcerated persons into supportive housing units; and
3) document decreased recidivism rates of the formerly incarcerated persons who live in supportive housing compared to a similar group of formerly incarcerated persons who do not receive supportive housing. To initiate and implement public policy changes as part of the second goal, the RHI engages local and national stakeholders, such as supportive housing providers, public administrators, and elected officials, through an array of activities.
This report summarizes the influence of the RHI activities in three initial cities – New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It focuses on changes in system functioning and interagency collaboration that have come about, at least in part, through the facilitation and encouragement of the RHI program manager and other CSH staff funded with the RHI resources. In addition, the report identifies challenges and lessons learned from the RHI to date and provides a summary of the influence of the RHI activities on system change.