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Webinar: Housing Insecurity is an Economics Problem: Connecting Economic and Housing Justice

Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT, 1:00pm MT, 12:00pm PT

Co-Hosts: PSOs for Housing Justice

After many consecutive years of decline, homelessness has been on the rise across the country, with particular increases of people living unsheltered. Countless more in the US are just one financial crisis away from losing their housing as the cost of rent skyrockets in most communities. These are our neighbors. This is us. 

In this webinar cohosted by Economic Opportunity Funders, Tax Equity Funders Network, Funders for Housing and Opportunity, and Funders Together to End Homelessness, we will situate the homelessness and affordable housing crises in the context of economic justice. We will connect the dots between advocacy on financial security and housing stability, highlighting promising interventions like direct cash transfers and universal rental assistance, with an eye toward prevention of homelessness. Our goal is that economic opportunity and tax equity funders see how the housing crisis pertains to all of us, leaving the conversation with concrete ideas for deeper learning and action.


  • Ami Nagle, Co-Director: Economic Opportunity Funders, Director: Tax Equity Funders Network 
  • Elisa Harrigan, Policy Strategist, Funders for Housing and Opportunity 
  • Lauren Bennett, Director of Policy and Communications, Funders Together to End Homelessness 
  • Michael Durham, Director of Networks, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the nexus of housing security and economic opportunity 
  • Describe one intervention to promote economic and housing justice 
  • Articulate the role of structural racism in housing insecurity

How to Register

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




This funder call will take place via Zoom. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Michael Durham, Director of Networks.  

This call will last 1 hour. Attendees are welcome to stay for part or all of the call.

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, grantmaking staff at United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Government employees/funders 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.  

September 07, 2023 at 3:00pm - 4pm
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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2023-07-13 12:45:17 -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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