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Co-Sponsored Webinar: Solving California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Innovative Policy Approaches

Thursday, May 8 | 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT, 1:30pm MT, 12:30pm PT

Hosted by: Rise Economy

Co-Sponsored By: Common Counsel FoundationThe California EndowmentCalifornia Community FoundationSan Francisco Foundation, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Numerous bills and measures have been passed at the state and local levels in California over the last few years to support affordable housing and homelessness prevention. Yet public sector efforts alone cannot solve a housing crisis of this scale. States like New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts have laws that incentivize reinvestment by financial institutions to support their housing strategies, meet the financial needs of low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color, and increase integrity and accountability in financial services.

It is time for California, with one of the largest economies in the world, to ensure that corporations profiting from doing business in the state play a strong role in deploying private capital to meet the housing needs of our communities.

Join us for a funders-only virtual briefing and conversation with foundation, public sector and community leaders on the importance of corporate accountability in tackling the housing crisis. Presenters will share policy strategies to address the capital gap by increasing banking sector investment in affordable housing and BIPOC homeownership.

Learn about innovative solutions and campaigns underway now that could generate significant resources and data to address the state's affordable housing crisis, stabilize neighborhoods, and build climate resilience.


  • Isaac G. Bryan, State Assemblymember, District 55
  • Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District
  • Jarrett Tomás Barrios, Senior Vice President of Strategic Community & Programmatic Initiatives, California Community Foundation
  • Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, Chief Executive Officer, Rise Economy
  • Aboubacar “Asn” Ndiaye, Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust
  • Leo Goldberg, Co-Director for Policy and Capacity Building, California Community Land Trust Network
  • Moderator: Dr. Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California and Director, University of Southern California Equity Research Institute


Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. 

This event is a peer learning opportunity for staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions and funder networks, and philanthropic advisors only.

Once your registration is approved you will receive a confirmation with a link for the meeting. If you have questions about eligibility to register, please contact Sarita Ahuja

The deadline to register is 5pm PT on Thursday, May 2.

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar


This webinar will take place via Zoom. 
This call will last 90 minutes. You will receive your unique Zoom link once a Rise Economy staff member has approved your registration.

May 08, 2024 at 12:30pm - 2pm
Sarita Ahuja ·

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2024-03-27 09:30:22 -0400

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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