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California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funder Network Call: State Budget and Legislation Brief

Friday, April 16 | 9:00am PT

This update will provide funders with a chance to explore the homelessness and housing funding in the budget and understand what kind of investment the state is willing to make around efforts to end homelessness and housing instability.

During this California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network update, we will also be briefed on homelessness and housing specific legislation and identify possible opportunities and gaps philanthropy should be thinking about, as well as possible racial equity implications of these policies. After the update from our partners at Housing California and PolicyLink, participants will have time to ask the policy experts questions about the budget or specific legislation and engage in thought-partnership around philanthropy's opportunities for action.

This is a part of a series of targeted, interactive updates to keep funders in the network knowledgeable of how state legislation is moving. These calls are designed to be small, short briefings by partners and advocates that provide opportunity for funders to be informed and also think through how they can engage in policy.


How to Register

Participation is limited to private funders in California. Only private funders (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located in California or do grantmaking in California will be allowed to participate. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Tabitha Blackwell.

Please register below and Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, will send you the Zoom call-in information. To make this as engaging as possible, we hope participants will join on video. 

The California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 

April 16, 2021 at 9:00am - 10:15am
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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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