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The 100-Day Challenge: Community by Community


The launch of Away Home America also kicks off the 100-Day Challenge to end youth homelessness, community by community, and yours can be a part of the movement.

Last week, Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, shared her experience at the White House Policy Briefing on Ending Youth Homelessness and the A Way Home America official launch! We at Funders Together are thrilled to have been a part of the effort from the beginning and to add our knowledge and expertise moving forward.

A Way Home America (AWHA) is made up of providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people uniting behind a common goal:

To prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults in 2020. We're working to ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, experiences of homelessness are brief and one-time.

You can join too! Take action with us & help spread the word.  You can learn more about AHWA on the website and through this quick overview.  


Launch a 100-Day Challenge

Although AWHA has just launched, they have hit the ground running to build a community around ending youth homelessness. By partnering with Health & Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Funders Together members, Raikes Foundation, Melville Charitable Trust, and Casey Family Programs, A Way Home America is inviting three communities to support national learning through launching a 100-Day Challenge. These 100-Day Challenges will identify and execute innovative practices to end youth & young adult homelessness, community by community.

To learn more visit the AWHA website, here. If you are interested, they are asking communities to express their interest in this work by completing this form by June 20, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact megan@awayhomeamerica.org or MMessner@rapidresults.org

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  • commented 2016-09-07 17:42:18 -0400
    AWHA is working with the Rapid Results Institute to engage with three communities that are prepared to set and pursue bold goals to support youth facing homelessness. AWHA will work with multi-agency teams to set ambitious 100-day goals and then to pursue these through intensive collaboration and innovation.
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-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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