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

California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network

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


The California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders network is focused on learning and diving deep into housing and homelessness policy to help create a statewide coalition of influence and expertise by aiding the understanding and knowledge of policies that directly impact housing affordability and stability across California.

There is tremendous value in coming together at a local level to learn and support fellow organizations that have common goals, albeit slightly different approaches. This network provides dedicated and candid space for funders at various knowledge levels to gain insight around various issues related to housing and homelessness policy which will lead funders to move towards action more effectively and efficiently by bringing organizations to consensus.

Below are network action items, upcoming programming, and other important links. 

If you have any questions about the network, please reach out to Lauren Bennett at [email protected].


Action Items

1. Take this short survey to let us know what content or resources you would like from this network.


Upcoming Calls and Meetings

Webinar: Measuring Power Building Impact on Housing Justice Policy
Monday, April 25, 2022 | 12-1:15pm PT

Important Network Links 

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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