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Funder Call: USICH Philanthropy Briefing on “A Federal Homelessness Research Agenda: From Evidence to Action”

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | 1:00pm ET, 12:00pm CT, 11:00am MT, 10:00am PT

Launched in December 2022, All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness is built on a commitment to advancing evidence-based practices to prevent and end homelessness. One of the foundational pillars of the plan is to “Use Data and Evidence to Make Decisions.” This pillar includes a strategy specifically designed to “create opportunities for innovation and research to build and disseminate evidence for what works.” One specific action directs USICH to “Develop a federal homelessness research agenda in collaboration with federal agencies, academic researchers, people with lived experience, and innovative programs to conduct, compile, and disseminate research on best practices, the effectiveness of various interventions, and metrics to measure outcomes.”

This special briefing is an opportunity for philanthropy to learn about USICH’s federal homelessness research agenda and provide valuable feedback on how this research can shape policy and practice. USICH has been embarking on this process to shape an inclusive and influential research agenda by interviewing dozens of key informants, conducting reviews of literature, reviewing existing research agendas developed by federal and national partners, and hosting a workshop with a diverse group of researchers, national leaders, and people with lived expertise. As key partners in the work to prevent and end homelessness, we hope philanthropy will attend this call to share their thoughts.

This call will last for one hour.


  • Jeff Olivet, Executive Director, US Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Stephanie Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness (Moderator)


Please register for this funder call using the button below. You will receive your unique Zoom link once a Funders Together staff person has approved your registration.

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Government 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 Tia Smith, Director of Membership & Programs   


This funder call will take place via Zoom meeting. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Jack Zhang, Programs and Communications Manager.


August 15, 2023 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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  • Stephanie Chan
    published this page in Programming 2023-07-25 08:50:18 -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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