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Innovations in Ohio

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, co-convener of the Funders Together Ohio regional affiliate, is playing a catalytic role in helping to end homelessness in Southeast and Central Ohio through support for capacity building, planning, technical assistance and implementation of homelessness coalitions and service providers in the area. 

Grantees report Rural Homeless Initiative helps prepare communities for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Funding

Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, whereby the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received $1.5 billion to support the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Rural counties in the Foundations’ Rural Homeless Initiative in Southeast and Central Ohio (RHISCO) leveraged over $3.7 million for prevention and rapid re-housing services.

The Rural Homeless Initiative in Southeast and Central Ohio (RHISCO) includes capacity building, planning, technical assistance and implementation support for rural communities in Ohio. As a result of this support, local participating coalitions report enhanced readiness to respond and implement HPRP funding.

Read more about how grantees are capitalizing on this opportunity

RHISCO: Final Phase I Implementation Report released

The Foundations and Fannie Mae approved over $750,000 to address homeless prevention, provider coordination, and data systems during Phase I of the RHISCO project. Funding was designed to help people achieve housing stability, economic independence, and self-sufficiency, and to help county coalitions develop programs, coordinate services, and increase community support.

Read the full progress report (PDF – 13 pages)

Capacity Building in Supportive Housing, Featuring NCR and the YMCA of Central Ohio

Through the Foundation Homeless Funding Priority, nine providers in Franklin County, Ohio received over $245,000 designed to build organizational and program capacity to deliver high quality services to formerly homeless and disabled individuals, including increasing supportive service funding and client self-sufficiency through job training. National Church Residences (NCR) and YMCA of Central Ohio are two grantees working to enhance organizational capacity.

“We have an opportunity to end homelessness, and we’re now able to bring some expertise to permanent supportive housing and to provide quality operational measures of case managers’ impact and day-to-day results,” said Dave Kayuha, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of NCR.

Read more about programs to help homeless and disabled individuals live more stable, productive lives.

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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