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

Funders Together Condemns Supreme Court Decision

Today, the Supreme Court announced their decision on City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson and ruled in favor of jurisdictions seeking to arrest, ticket, or fine people for experiencing homelessness. Funders Together condemns this decision.

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NCHJ Statement on USICH Encampment Guidance

National members of the National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) issued the following statement on the recent encampment guidance from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). 

 

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Indigenizing Philanthropy for Housing Justice

Funders Together staff attended the 2024 Native Americans in Philanthropy conference. Here’s a recap of what we experienced:

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Funders Together Board: A Heartfelt Thank You & Welcome

Funders Together is grateful to have a board of directors that exemplifies our values of love and disruption. In both their professional and personal lives, they continually inspire us to make bold, meaningful strides towards racial and housing justice. We would like to recognize the leadership and service of our outgoing board members and extend a warm welcome to our board members stepping into new roles.

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Reflecting on the April 22 Johnson v. Grants Pass Rally

Amanda Andere at the Johnson v Grants Pass Rally


On Monday, April 22, Funders Together staff traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Housing Not Handcuffs Rally, as the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments for the Johnson v. Grants Pass case. We joined around 600 advocates, which included national partners, organizers, and people with lived expertise to say: there are real solutions to addressing homelessness that don't include ticketing or arresting people who have no safe alternative place to sleep.

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Funders Together, National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Enterprise Community Partners to the U.S. Supreme Court: “The Solution to Homelessness is Safe, Accessible, Affordable Homes”

FTEH Amicus Brief Image

Today, Funders Together to End Homelessness submitted an amicus curiae brief, in partnership with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc, in support of the plaintiffs in advance of oral arguments.

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2024 Funders Forum: Advancing Housing Justice through Reparations and Transformation

On March 4, 2024, we convened more than 50 funders in San Francisco around the themes of housing justice and reparations. Held in conjunction with the Innovations & Solutions for Ending Unsheltered Homelessness Conference, the 2024 Funders Forum featured plenary speakers from Liberation Ventures and the Grassroots Power Project, previewed Funders Together's upcoming policy framework, gathered youth homelessness funders in a strategy session, and organized case consultations among peers about advancing housing justice.  

 

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Exploring the Promises and Challenges of Vienna's Social Housing Program

Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego and the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation spent six days in Vienna to learn about their social housing model as part of the Vienna Social Housing Field Study. Vienna's Social Housing Model offers lessons for philanthropy and housing justice advocates, however, it does have its fair share of challenges, in particular around racial justice and integration.

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2023 Funders Together Staff Reflections: Meditating on Hope

As 2023 comes to a close, we asked staff: "What is one thing you witnessed in the movement for housing justice that inspired you? What are you most looking forward to in 2024?"

 

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Funders Together Board Members: Our Gratitude and Welcome!

Our organization is privileged to have a board of directors that consists of a strong housing and racial justice commitment. The evolution of Funders Together’s bold voice and vision has only been possible because of the passionate and inspirational leadership of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to helping us guide our work.

 

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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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