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

Funder Call: Leveraging Federal Housing Resources to Equitably Build Back Better

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT 

Join this 75 minute policy call to hear from Ann Oliva, Vice President for Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Public Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, as they review what is happening with housing resources in the Build Back Better Act and how we ensure equitable implementation of these investments. They'll discuss lessons learned around the importance of coalitions and coalition building to secure policy wins related to homelessness and housing.

Participants will also hear from Peggy Bailey, Senior Advisor at HUD, and Jennifer Turnham, HUD Policy Director, about the 2021 Worst Case Housing Needs Report. They'll review key findings from this report on acute housing needs of renter households and discuss the implications of these findings, particularly around the impacts for Black Americans. 


  • Peggy Bailey, Senior Advisor, Secretary's Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ann Oliva, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Public Policy, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Jennifer Turnham, Director, Policy Development Division, Department of Housing and Urban Development


Please register for this funder call through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom. If you have questions about registration in the hour before the call, please contact Lauren Bennett at [email protected]  

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 Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs. 

November 30, 2021 at 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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    published this page in Programming 2021-11-12 13:09:27 -0500

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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