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Virtual California Funder Session: Using Policy to Re-Imagine Homelessness and Housing Systems in California

Thursday, September 3 | 9:00am – 10:30am PT

As we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice awakenings, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve learned and take action towards the new possibilities and opportunities in front of us that can create real and equitable change.

Join funder peers on Thursday, September 3, at the California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network session, held in conjunction with the Housing California 2020 Virtual Un-Conference.

During this session, we'll look at both immediate and long-term strategies across the state that can provide opportunities to engage in and support policy changes as a way of re-imagining homelessness and housing systems to be equitable and just.

Housing California will give us an update on the Roadmap HOME 2030 initiative and how a racial equity analysis is shaping and influencing the blueprint. They'll also provide a look at what the climate is in Sacramento around pushing homelessness and housing policy. Additionally, United Way of Greater Los Angeles will speak to the Re-Imagine L.A. County coalition, what it looks like to work intersectionally around racial justice, and ways philanthropy can be involved in the creation of ballot measures and campaigns.

We will also use this time for thought-partnership and conversations with peers around questions like:

  • As you think about or start having conversations around reimagining systems that are equitable and just, what challenges are you facing, both internally or externally?
  • What is philanthropy's role in working across sectors in the policy space and sharing power to advance racial and housing justice initiatives?
  • In addition to the climate in Sacramento with policymakers, what is the climate around engaging in policy and advocacy opportunities in your organizations? What are you doing now and what support would you need to take it further?


  • Chris Ko, Managing Director for Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Chris Martin, Legislative Advocate - Homelessness, Housing California
  • Luke Villalobos, Legislative Advocate - Land Use & Finance, Housing California
  • David Zisser, Associate Director, Housing California

How to Register

To register for the Funders Session, please RSVP below. This California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funder Network session at the Housing California Virtual Un-Conference is free to attend. You DO NOT need to register for the full Housing California Un-Conference to attend this funder session.

We encourage you to attend the full Housing California 2020 Virtual Un-Conference on August 31-September 4. You can register on the Housing California Virtual Un-Conference page

You will receive a calendar invite with Zoom information directly from Lauren Bennett.


Participation is limited to private funders in California. Only private funders who are (e.g. foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, and members of Funders Together) located in California or do grantmaking in California will be allowed to participate. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Lauren Bennett


The California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.  

September 03, 2020 at 9:00am - 10:30am
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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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