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California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funders Network Update: State Budget and Legislation Brief

Thursday, June 18 | 1:00-1:45pm PT

Following the passing of the state budget on June 15th, this update will provide funders with a chance to explore what the final budget looks like for homelessness and housing funding 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 (such as AB 1845, AB 3269, AB 3300, and others) 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 CSH, participants will have time to ask the policy experts burning questions about the budget or specific legislation and engage in thought partnership around philanthropy's opportunities for action.

This is the first in 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 smaller, shorter briefings by partners and advocates that provide opportunity for funders to be informed and also think through how they can engage in policy.


  • Christopher Martin, Homelessness Legislative Advocate, Housing California
  • Sharon Rapport, Director, California State Policy, CSH

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 Lauren Bennett

Please RSVP below and Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications and Policy, will send you a calendar invite with the Zoom call-in information. To make this as engaging as possible, we hope participants will join via videoconference.  

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


June 18, 2020 at 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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-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.

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