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Funders Together Statement on All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness responds to the newly released United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.


Funders Together to End Homelessness is encouraged by the recently released United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, All In.. We applaud the Plan’s goal to reduce homelessness by 25 percent by 2025 through evidence-based solutions and approaches like Housing First, addressing the affordable housing supply, and an intentional focus on prevention of homelessness.  

We also believe that it is important to name the absence of the principle of housing justice from the Plan. While leading with racial equity in all federal strategies is a key component to preventing and ending homelessness, it is just the start. Addressing the root causes of homelessness requires us to go beyond equity to center justice – and deepen our analysis on the difference between the two. 

“As we name in our strategic framework, housing justice means everyone has assurance of safe, secure, affordable, and dignified living conditions where they have power and agency over how and where they live,” said Amanda Andere, Funders Together to End Homelessness CEO. “While the principle of housing justice isn’t explicit in the Plan, we know that ending homelessness is only possible when we create policies and take actions rooted in justice. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership between philanthropy and USICH to support the strategies within the Plan as well as build a field-wide understanding and commitment to housing and racial justice for all.” 


See our full statement in conjunction with our partners in the National Coalition for Housing Justice below: 

National Coalition for Housing Justice Responds to Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 

Today, the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness released its new Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, All In. We are encouraged by the agency’s leadership through the Plan which promotes an evidence-based Housing First approach that includes housing and supports, choice, and voice.

These are important and effective strategies and approaches that reinforce what is proven to work within our systems as they currently stand and help to reduce harm and trauma on people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Likewise, the implementation of these best practices should always be supported with robust funding from government partners at all levels.

The Interagency Council holds an important role in keeping progress moving forward to prevent and end homelessness; their role is critical and should continue to be supported. At the same time, we need to collectively invest resources and energy towards solutions that are rooted in justice. We also must acknowledge that our systems and structures in their current form will not lead us to housing justice. Housing justice-oriented solutions should be created in the context of repairing historical harms, and always be driven by people who are most impacted, especially those who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. 

We appreciate the plan's focus on expanding housing supply and look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to realize that goal and focus on a sufficient supply of quality housing that is affordable to people with the lowest incomes. Housing justice-oriented solutions must be paired with policies that require compassion, choice, and healing through a safe and stable place to call home and access to voluntary services.

Through authentic partnership with people with lived expertise, we can co-create pathways to achieve housing justice and a future where housing is a human right for all.

Statements from the Field

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Blog 2022-12-19 17:19:14 -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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