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Foundations for Employment and Housing Convening


SAVE THE DATE! Foundations for Employment and Housing Initial Convening


While progress has been made, there is much to learn and do to advance the income side of the ending homelessness equation. In order to support this, Heartland Alliance and USICH are convening a cross-section of leaders to take a moment to learn and plan strategically for the future. This event will lift up what Heartland Alliance has learned since 2009 in promoting employment and quality jobs as key elements in the fight to prevent and end homelessness and specifically learnings from national efforts to support systems collaboration work with five communities nationwide through the Connections Project.

The Connections Project is a three-year project aimed at expanding systems-level innovations and partnerships in communities with the goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers. The event will draw on the lessons learned, successes and challenges faced by these communities and will seek to engage leaders to identify future needs and directions for this work.

During this convening Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to host a funder-only dialogue that will allow Foundations for Employment and Housing participants and other funders interested in this intersection to share their own work and begin learning together. 

Preference for the limited seating at this event will be given to members of the Foundations for Employment and Housing Community of Practice. If you are interested but unable to commit to the community at this time please contact Jennifer Olney at [email protected].


Timing and Locations:

October 18th: 8:30am to 4:30pm, True Reformer Building, 1200 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

October 19th: 9:00am to 1:00pm, Meyer Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036


Hotel Information:

If you would like to book a room in the meeting hotel block, you can now do so now using the group name “Heartland Alliance.” The hotel block is at the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel. To book, follow the included link or call 1-800-Kimpton.


October 18, 2017 at 8:30am - October 19, 2017
True Reformer Building
1200 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
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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.

-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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