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Funders Together to End Homelessness invites health systems and other funders interested in exploring the intersection of health and housing justice to join our re-envisioned Health Funders for Housing Justice network!

This Network is generously supported by:

 



Background

Over the last two years, Funders Together has gathered hospitals, health systems, and health plans (primarily community benefit offices) in a Health System Funders Network. This was born from a recognition that health systems were increasingly investing in efforts to end homelessness, asserting their responsibility as institutions with power and influence in so many communities. In this network, we created an environment of health systems who align priorities and share lessons learned. In addition to forming relationships and deepening our collective learning on racial justice, the group prioritized medical-legal partnership and medical respite care.


What's Next

In 2023 and beyond, we continue to expand this network’s membership and focus. All health systems and others who fund efforts related to housing and homelessness can join together in this network to collectively leverage the voice of health philanthropy for housing justice. New members may join on a rolling basis. 


Network Goals

  • Uplift bold strategies to leverage the influence and resources of health systems and foundations toward ending homelessness.
  • Cultivate a sense of togetherness and aligned priorities among foundations and health system funders.
  • Develop a common language and analysis of structural racism, how the healthcare industry propagates it, and what constitutes antiracist action.
  • Articulate the role of emergency response/service delivery within our pivot to housing justice.


Who Can Join

  • Health System/Hospital Community Benefit programs or other grantmaking staff
  • Health Program Officers at public or private foundations
  • Staff of Healthcare Conversion foundations
  • Staff at any Funders Together member organization interested in the intersection of health and homelessness


Network Design

  • Participants meet via Zoom bimonthly unless meeting in person or other events conflict. Meetings began June 12 and recur the second Monday every other month. 
  • We hope to gather face-to-face at least once per year, next up in conjunction with the Funders Forum, March 2024, in San Francsisco. 
  • Participants should expect to “show and tell” on a rotating basis: sharing the work they’re most proud of along with where they would like to improve, embracing a role as both student and teacher.
  • Funders Together staff will collate promising practices and recent news on the intersection of health and homelessness in a quarterly digest.


Eligibility

Funders Together's full members may participate at no cost, but we seek sponsorship or grant support to enable us to enhance the experience for our collective learning and the movement itself. We ask non-members to join Funders Together, contribute a program fee, or co-sponsor the network. 

Sponsorships will be used for activities such as:

  • Compensating guest speakers
  • Organizing in-person convenings
  • Composing field-building resources
  • Maintaining a digest of insights on issues related to homelessness and health
  • Engaging with cross-system partners

If you are able to contribute, indicate your interest in the applicable section of the following form or email Michael Durham.


Resources

Members of the  Health Funders for Housing Justice receive a quarterly newsletter. If you aren’t ready to join the network itself but are interested in this intersection, you can still follow our work on health and housing by subscribing to our new quarterly digest.

How to Join 

Complete this short form to sign up for this network. 

Send questions to Michael Durham, Director of Networks, at [email protected]

 


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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page 2020-11-17 09:36:20 -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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