A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

How Criminal Justice Reform and Housing Rights Will Help End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness believes safe, affordable, and accessible housing is a human right. However, certain policies obstruct this right by criminalizing and punishing people experiencing homelessness and put an extra burden on our criminal justice system.

According to research from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, of 234 American cities, 40 percent make it a crime to sleep in public spaces, while 56 percent prohibit loitering in public places and 53 percent prohibit begging and panhandling in public places. What role does philanthropy have in reforming these policies and laws to help put an end to the cycle of homelessness? Join us on Tuesday, June 14th at 1pm ET, as we examine how as a funder, you can be influential in the fight to decriminalize those experiencing homelessness in your own community and in turn, provide opportunities for housing. 

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June 14, 2016 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Lauren Bennett ·
Melissa Gallo George Thorn Andrea Kurtz Jennifer Olney Katheryn Preston margaret kilman Kristin Aldana-Taday Debbie Reznick Garien Gatewood christine bochenek Nicole Wiggs Heidi Alcock Jeff Taylor Martha Toll

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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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