A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Funder Call: Engaging Philanthropy in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Monday, May 2 | 4pm EST | 3pm CST | 2pm MST | 1pm PST

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The goal of the YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Communities that are selected will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness.

As the YDHP funds are provided to communities, private funders have engaged in different ways. Through their partnerships with the community, many funders have learned a lot of lessons in the process. This call will provide the opportunity for funders to hear from colleagues across the country who are in various stages of developing and sustaining their YHDP work. This will also be a great opportunity for communities who may be interested in or have previously applied for funding to hear about how communities have brought together key stakeholders to leverage their YHDP funding. 

Join us for what will be an engaging conversation highlighting communities, like Seattle and Baltimore, as they navigate the nuances of the YDHP funding opportunity. We will hear from staff at the Raikes Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation about how they engaged with their community around their YHDP funding. 

How to Register

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Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs.   

May 02, 2022 at 4:00pm - 5pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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  • Tabitha Blackwell
    published this page in Programming 2022-03-28 17:11:46 -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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