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2020 Funders Institute: Coming Together Through Action and Accountability for Housing Justice

On August 11-13, Funders Together to End Homelessness held our first ever virtual Funders Institute and engaged in principled struggle to push for racial and housing justice in our work to end homelessness.

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Rethink, Reorient, Reimagine Health and Housing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wreaked havoc on health care systems, crippled economies, and amplified barriers to affordable housing for millions across the country. Like a tsunami, the virus has engulfed one community to the next—and in the wreckage further exposed a society built on broken systems. The pandemic has blatantly exposed the longstanding inequities in America due to institutional and systemic racism that people of color have experienced for far too long. It has brought to light the need to urgently rethink and reorient our role in reimaging the affordable housing sector—one that brings health in reach for all.

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Announcing a New Partnership: Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network

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A Bold and Dynamic Grantmaking Response to Systemic Racism

Why the grantmaking of the Zarrow Families Foundation is now in the hands of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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Joy Is The Resistance To The Oppression We Face



Funders Together to End Homelessness CEO, Amanda Andere, provided the opening remarks for the virtual State of the Movement from A Way Home America and Youth Collaboratory on July 23 and 24th with a message of joy and hope.

 

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Joint Statement on the Equal Access Rule

On July 1, Ben Carson, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new proposed rule that would allow discrimination against transgender people seeking access to shelter through HUD-funded services.

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National Housing Advocates Statement on Policing and Black Communities

Funders Together to End Homelessness joins other national housing advocates to support Black people and Black organizers who are working on housing justice.

 

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There Is No Low-Hanging Fruit in Ending Anti-Blackness and Racism

On June 8, 2020, Funders Together CEO Amanda Andere gave the following remarks on the National Low Income Housing Coalition's weekly national call as a part of their response to COVID-19.


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Statement on the Continuous Killing of Black People, White Supremacy, and Anti-Blackness


(A shirt I bought in the fall of 2014 after the murder of Eric Garner)

A statement from Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, on the continuous killing of Black people, white supremacy, and anti-Blackness.

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Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

Funders Together to End Homelessness and colleagues signed on to an open letter to philanthropy with calls to action to address and fight racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans within COVID-19 responses. 

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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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