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COVID-19 Resources for Funders

In light of concerns surround COVID-19 and how it's affecting our neighbors and communities, we know it's been top of mind for many funders and partners. Below are general resources for funders as well as resources focused on COVID-19's impact on housing and homelessness.

Last updated September 1, 2021

**UPDATED: Funders Together's COVID-19 Response and System Redesign: Recommendations for Philanthropy to Support Solutions to End Homelessness

Funders Together COVID-19 Programming

2021 Funders Institute
September 28-30 | 2-4pm ET, 11a-1p PT daily

COVID-19 Focused Upcoming Programming

National Call on HoUSed: Universal, Stable, Affordable Housing
National Low Income Housing Coalition | Mondays, 2:30pm ET

Funders Together Resources

Resource: COVID-19 Response and System Redesign: Recommendations for Philanthropy to Support Solutions to End Homelessness

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Relief Package: What Philanthropy Needs to Know and Act On (full members only)

Resource: Summary of the Coronavirus Aid Packages: What Philanthropy Needs to Know

Blog Post: Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

Federal Relief Aid Packages

Aid Package Implementation:

Domestic Policy Council: Toolkit - Rental Assistance Call to Action

May 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Guidance

U.S. Department of the Treasury: Fact Sheet: The Biden-Harris Administration Announces Enhanced Efforts to Prevent Evictions and Provide Emergency Assistance to Renters

U.S. Department of the Treasury: Emergency Rental Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Treasury's Improved Guidance Addresses Concerning Trends in ERA Programs

A Way Home America: National Guidance On Emergency Homeless Services For Youth And Young Adults

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities/National Alliance to End Homelessness: A Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID-19

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Prioritization in Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: A Framework of Strategies, Policies and Procedures to Better Serve Priority Populations

USICHMaking the Most of the American Rescue Plan: A Guide to the Funding That Impacts People Experiencing Homelessness

Additional Aid Package Recommendations:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

New Relief Proposal Well Designed, Urgently Needed
Boost the Safety Net to Help People With Fewest Resources Pay for Basics During the Crisis
- Urgent Need for More Housing Vouchers, Other Rental Assistance Amid Pandemic 
- House Bill Provides Vital Housing Aid, But More Vouchers Needed
- Relief Bill Analysis Twitter Thread by Peggy Bailey

National Alliance to End Homelessness:

- Alliance Legislative Report: COVID-19
Congress, don't forget homeless Americans in next relief package

National Low Income Housing Coalition: 

CARES Act Suggestions for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Elected Officials
- The Need for Emergency Rental Assistance during the COVID-19 and Economic Crisis
Responding to Coronavirus: Ensuring Housing Stability During A Crisis

American Rescue Plan Summary:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

- Housing Assistance in American Rescue Plan Act Will Prevent Millions of Evictions, Help People Experiencing Homelessness

National Low Income Housing Coalition: 

- American Rescue Plan Act

CARES Act Summary:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

- COVID-19 Aid Package Congressional Updates
How Will States and Localities Divide the Fiscal Relief in the Coronavirus Relief Fund?

Community Solutions: What the CARES Act Mean for the COVID-19 Homelessness Response

Heartland Alliance: COVID-19 Bill: Much-Needed Emergency Funding but Doesn’t Go Far Enough in Helping Families

National Alliance to End Homelessness: 

- What’s in the Coronavirus Bill for Homelessness?
Building a Plan: How the CARES Act Can Boost Prevention Efforts

National Health Care for the Homeless Council: Summary of Key Provisions in Congress' COVID-19 Bills

Youth Collaboratory: Progress on $2 Trillion Relief & Stimulus Bill for COVID-19

National Low Income Housing Coalition: 

- Congressional Leaders Agree to Coronavirus Response Package with Funding for Homelessness and Housing

Eviction Prevention & Eviction Moratorium Resources

Melville Charitable Trust: Philanthropy Eviction Prevention Strategy Session Notes & Resources

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities:

- Eviction Moratorium Twitter Thread by Ann Oliva
- Federal Investment Needs Twitter Thread by Anna Bailey

National Low Income Housing Coalition:

- End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions
- State and Local Rental Assistance
- Supreme Court Lifts CDC Eviction Moratorium, Millions of Renters Immediately at Risk

Urban Institute: Eviction Prevention and Diversion Programs: Early Lessons from the Pandemic

Homelessness and Housing Focused Resources

**Homelessness and COVID-19 Considerations and Action Steps

Center for Disease Control: Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Community Solutions: Leadership structures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Eviction Lab:

- COVID-19 and Changing Eviction Policies Around the Nation
- COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard

Heartland Alliance:

COVID-19 Policy Recommendations
- COVID-19 Policy Resources

National Alliance to End Homelessness:

- Coronavirus and Homelessness
Estimated Emergency and Observational/Quarantine Bed Need for the US Homeless Population Related to COVID-19 Exposure by County; Projected Hospitalizations, Intensive Care Units and Mortality
COVID-19: What State and Local Leaders Can Do for Homeless Populations

National Health Care for the Homeless Council:

- Coronavirus Resources
COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Needed Policy Responses for a High-Risk Group
Researchers Send Open Letter to the Administration: Follow the Evidence on Homelessness
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

National Housing Conference: COVID-19 and Housing webinar

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty: Coronavirus

National Low Income Housing Coalition

- Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing
- Webinar Recording: Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness
- Getting to Yes: Working with FEMA to Fund Non-Congregate Shelters During COVID-19

NBC News: Coronavirus pandemic a perfect storm for LGBTQ homeless youth

True Colors UnitedCOVID-19 Action & Resource Center

Equity & COVID-19 Response Resources

ABFE: Releasing the Power of ABFE’s Membership to Strengthen Black-led Infrastructure for Social Change - Addressing COVID-19 and its’ Aftermath

California Budget & Policy Center: Homelessness and COVID-19: Older Adults and Black Californians Face Severe Health Risks

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Tribal Nations - Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19 - Need More Federal Relief

Consumer Health Foundation: 

- COVID-19 will not Affect Everyone the Same
- The COVID-19 Crisis is a Racial Justice Issue & Our Response Must Prioritize the Power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, & Other People of Color

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio: Race, Homelessness, and COVID-19 - Guidance for Homeless Services Providers

Funders for LGBTQ Issues: LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Immigrant Families and Communities

Higher Ground Strategies: “Curing” What Truly Ails Us: Reflections on Movement Strategy in the Time of Coronavirus

Inside Philanthropy: LGBTQ Funders Scramble to Protect Vulnerable Communities

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice: King County Equity Impact Awareness Tool 

National Alliance to End Homelessness: The Intersection of Homelessness, Race, and the COVID-19 Crisis

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Racial Justice in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Ibram Kendi

Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Racism is a Virus Too

National Innovation Services: An Equitable Systems Transformation Framework for COVID-19

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity: COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future

Racial Equity Tools: COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

The Atlantic: What the Racial Data Show

Vox: COVID-19 is disproportionately taking black lives

COVID-19 Resources for Philanthropy

Arcus Foundation: Statement from the Board President and CEO of Arcus Foundation Regarding COVID-19

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy: Statement on COVID-19

The California Endowment: Get the Facts: Novel Coronavirus 19 Resources for Partners 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy:

- Overview and Daily Updates
- Approaches for Funders
- Critical Needs List
- COVID-19 Response Fund
- Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond
- Webinar Recording: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Philanthropy's Role in Recovery
- Pandemics and Infectious Diseases

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Commits $5 Million to Bay Area COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Top Foundations Unite to Give Charities More Freedom Over Grants

Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative: Community Foundations Nationwide Launch Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: A Message from Our President: Announcing New COVID-19 Grantmaking

Council on FoundationsCOVID-19 Resource Page

Economic Opportunity Funders: Philanthropy's Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Eisner Foundation: COVID-19: What We're Doing and How You Can Help

Ford Foundation: A Message of Support for Our Grantees

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: GCIR and Philanthropic Partners Announce Creation of California Immigrant Resilience Fund

Grantmakers in Health: COVID-19 Resources for Funders

Lumina Foundation: A Message to Lumina’s Partners About COVID-19

Marguerite Casey Foundation: Marguerite Casey Foundation Announces $3.5 Million in COVID-19 Grant Funding to Tackle Racial Disparities Resulting from Pandemic

Melville Charitable Trust: Melville Trust's Response to COVID-19

Meyer Memorial Trust: Working together for Oregon

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Coronavirus Webinar Recording

National Center for Family Philanthropy: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds

Northern California Grantmakers: 

- 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response
- Webinar Recording: How Philanthropy Can Support and Enhance the Government Response to COVID-19

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement: 5 Learnings from Funders as They Respond to COVID-19

Polk Bros Foundation: Our commitment to grantee partners during the COVID-19 pandemic

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation: Supporting Our Grantee Partners in the Era of COVID-19

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Washington Post Op-Ed - As coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due

Schultz Family Foundation: Supporting Our Community During COVID-19

United Philanthropy Forum: Coronavirus Resources

World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

Community Responses

Chicago: COVID-19 Expedited Housing Initiative Brief Overview

Seattle & King County: COVID-19 Response Plan

San Francisco: SF readies $5 million coronavirus cleaning for homeless shelters, SROs

COVID-19 Response Funds


COVID-19 Response Fund


Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund


Denver Foundation: Critical Needs Fund

Los Angeles

California Community Foundation: COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Pandemic Relief Fund

San Francisco

Tipping Point Community: Tipping Point Emergency Response: COVID-19


COVID-19 Response Fund

Raikes Foundation & Building Changes: Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund

Washington, D.C.

Greater Washington Community FoundationCOVID-19 Emergency Response Fund


Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Response Fund





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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