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 (CHHPFN) is a network of private funders from across California, led by an advisory group, that mobilizes philanthropy to collectively support and elevate housing justice policies and goals at the state level. Housing justice in California will be actualized when all residents have the assurance of safe, secure, affordable, and dignified living conditions, as well as power and agency over how and where they live. We aspire to organize philanthropy in California behind a unified effort, based on housing justice values, to resource the housing justice movement's efforts to transform inequitable systems and to enable people most impacted by those systems to reclaim their power and agency.   

Our collective network priorities around housing justice policy include: 

1) Resourcing (Budget/Revenue)
2) Strengthening (Sector Capacity and Sustainability)
3) Preserving and Protecting

Our efforts around these priorities include educating state officials and policymakers on housing justice priorities from movement leaders and people with lived expertise of homelessness or housing insecurity, supporting grassroots leaders and organizations through our convening power and financial capital, and using our collective and organizational voices, when applicable, to support policy change that advance housing justice. We also aim to educate and organize philanthropy to create an understanding of housing justice and policy engagement to advance housing justice through grantmaking and advocacy support. 

CHHPFN is organized and backboned by Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH). Funders Together is a national philanthropy-mobilizing organization that mobilizes its members to use philanthropy’s voice, influence, and financial capital to end homelessness by creating and advancing lasting solutions that are grounded in racial and housing justice, driven by love and disruption, and centering people with lived expertise.

Advisory Group Organizations:

Who Can Join?

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 or funding in California will be allowed to participate. 

If you are interested in joining or have any questions about the network or eligibility, please reach out to Lauren Bennett at [email protected].


Recent Calls and Meetings

2024 California Philanthropy Convening on Housing Justice
February 13, 2024 | Los Angeles



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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