Membership & Program Coordinator
Myassa is the Membership and Program Coordinator. She has gained her administrative and coordination skills within different areas of employment like the school system, working for government agencies and property management (to name a few). She first experienced working with nonprofit organizations in 2008 when she interned with a grant organization at The Executive Office of The Mayor. This sparked a passion within her to become more involved with human rights especially in regard to Women’s Empowerment, Youth and Child Development and Racial Equity. She is currently building a women’s support group that promotes positive relationships between women, community outreach and personal development.
She is a DC Native. She enjoys spending time with her children and close friends and creative outlets like painting, singing, tattooing and writing.
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Funders Forum: Plenary Recording: A New Deal to End Youth Homelessness in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-08 10:25:06 -0400
Ending youth and young adult homelessness will require transformation and re-orientation toward justice in the nation’s major systems serving young people—systems currently rooted in structural racism. The New Deal to End Youth Homelessness is a federal policy proposal that offers a roadmap to transform how young people, particularly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQ young people, are supported in our society.
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Funders Forum: Pop-Ups in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-08 10:24:58 -0400
“Pop-ups” are a way for our network to quickly hear work that philanthropy and our homelessness and housing partners are engaged in across the country. These were brief, 5-minute presentations designed to share information and invite follow-up conversations after the program is over.
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Funders Forum: Breakout A2: Supporting Community-Led Work and a Vision for Change in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-08 10:24:40 -0400
Philanthropy has been having more and more conversations about building relationships and trust, funding grassroots organizing, and shifting power to communities and people to get us closer toward equity and justice. Incrementally more and more funders are starting to shift their strategies and grantmaking to do this, but we also know that this work, while crucial, is also not easy.
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Funders Forum: Breakout A1: Mobilizing Philanthropy at the Local Level to Advance Housing Policy in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-08 10:24:27 -0400
2021 Funders Forum: Breakout A1: Mobilizing Philanthropy at the Local Level to Advance Housing Policy
Local policy and advocacy efforts are critical to implementing policies and processes that will support people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. We know that funders all across the country are working together locally and are increasingly engaging in policy and advocacy.
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Funders Forum: Plenary Recording: Advancing a National Policy Agenda for Housing Justice in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-08 10:22:42 -0400
With a new presidential administration in office, housing and homelessness advocates have new opportunities to push for policies and processes rooted in evidence and justice. To kick off this year’s Funders Forum, national homelessness and housing leaders discussed their top policy priorities and how the work happening in local communities can both support this national advocacy and be informed by it.
Lauren Samblanet published Funder Call Recording: California YIMBY's Housing Working Group in Webinar Recordings 2021-04-01 17:20:22 -0400
FTEH and California YIMBY hosted a briefing to introduce funders to Black and Latinx led/serving grassroots organizations that want to work deeper in housing affordability issues and center racial equity in the process. These are organizations with political influence, but they are not (yet) engaged in policy-making in Sacramento.
Lauren Samblanet published Philanthropy New York: How Philanthropy Can Help Avoid A Tsunami of Evictions in Where We Will Be 2021-03-22 17:44:55 -0400
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am ET
Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere will be speaking at an upcoming Philanthropy New York virtual webinar.
One year into the pandemic, many renters find themselves unable to pay the rent that will be due once the New York state eviction moratorium expires on May 1st. A recent report estimates that New York City renters owe more than $1 billion in unpaid rent. As with the health impact of the pandemic, the economic impact of the pandemic has been disproportionally felt by low-income communities and BIPOC households. Experts are warning that we need to prepare for a tsunami of housing insecurity in this country and in our city. However, unlike some disasters, this is one we can see coming and have the chance to get ahead of. The scale of resources needed to address this crisis can only come from government, but there are key areas in which philanthropy can play a significant role, including supporting advocacy for government action.
Join us for a discussion on what the data tells us and what the philanthropic sector can do to support our communities through this crisis, including specific programs that exist to support those seeking assistance. Funders will also share how they invest in eviction prevention efforts and what impact their philanthropic dollars have had.
- The latest data on the eviction crisis, in the context of the larger housing and homelessness crisis
- Solutions for eviction prevention to date and where philanthropy has played – and can continue to play – a role
- Opportunities to advance policy solutions to the looming eviction crisis with the city, the state and the new Congress and Presidential administration
- How to ensure an equitable recovery when it comes to housing, by centering the needs of communities of color
- Why this should matter to many funders when housing (and eviction and homelessness) determines educational, economic, and health outcomes
WHENApril 27, 2021 at 10am
- Amanda Andere, Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness
- Michelle Mulcahy, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Center
- Matthew Murphy, Executive Director, NYU Furman Center
- Sarah Oltmans, Chief of Grant Strategy, Robin Hood
- Mirtha Santana, VP Empowerment, Riseboro
- Bea de la Torre (Moderator), Managing Director of Housing & Homelessness, Trinity Church Wall Street
Lauren Samblanet published 2021 Virtual Housing First Partners Conference in Where We Will Be 2021-03-12 12:40:58 -0500
April 20 and 21, 2021
Funders Together CEO, Amanda Andere, will be speaking at the Housing First Partners Conference in April. Amanda, Peggy Bailey, Colleen Echohawk, and Arthur Evans will discuss structural racism and the work required to develop anti-racist policy and practice and in our interactions with each other, our clients, and our neighbors.
The Housing First Partners Conference will provide a forum to put housing first, and provide people access to the care and support they need to maintain housing and achieve a good quality of life. The conference continues to provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations, communities and the government to work together to learn, collaborate and expand the implementation of Housing First across all elements of homelessness services, housing systems, research and policy change.WHENApril 20, 2021 at 8:30am - April 21, 2021 at 2:30pm
Lauren Samblanet published Health System Funders for Housing Justice: A New Network to Bridge Health & Housing in Blog 2021-03-04 11:32:04 -0500
Nobody can solve homelessness on their own. But if we work together—health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits that provide needed services, and insurance payors – we can become an outstretched hand to help people experiencing homelessness and prevent others who are struggling with housing instability.Read more
Lauren Samblanet published United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties in Member Profiles 2021-02-22 16:17:01 -0500
4949 East Kings Canyon Road
Fresno, CA 93727-3812
President and CEO
Overall, our goal at United Way is to mobilize the caring power of community to advance the common good of our residents here in Fresno and Madera Counties. We know that together, we can make a lasting impact in our neighborhoods, as well as the world at large.
Lauren Samblanet published Thank you for registering for the 2021 Virtual Funders Forum 2021-01-12 13:06:29 -0500
Thank you so much for registering for 2021 Virtual Funders Forum. You will receive you confirmation/receipt email shortly.
You will receive your unique link to join the Funders Forum from Zoom by March 8th. This email will also contain options to create a calendar reminder for yourself. If you do not receive your link to join the Zoom meeting by March 8th, please email Lauren Samblanet.
Transfers and Cancelations
Transferring Your Registration
If you can no longer attend the Funders Forum and would like to transfer your entire registration to a colleague, please email Lauren Samblanet. We will accommodate transfer requests through 1pm ET on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Please note that this option is only for transferring your whole registration to a colleague. If you can only attend part of the Funders Forum and wish for a colleague to also attend, they will need to have their own separate registration.
Canceling Your Registration
Because we do not need to factor in space and food costs for this virtual Funders Forum, we are able to have a more lenient cancelation and refund policy for this event. We will accept registration refund requests through Friday, March 19 at 11:59 pm ET. There will be no partial refunds.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions to Stephanie Chan at [email protected]
Lauren Samblanet published Funder Call Recording: Engaging Funder Networks and Collaboratives in Policy and Advocacy in Webinar Recordings 2020-12-18 10:34:11 -0500
Funder networks and collaboratives provide the opportunity for philanthropy to create a greater impact in communities through advocacy and policy. However, when each foundation has its own advocacy priorities, it can be difficult to create a common agenda for the funder network or collaborative.
The Health System Funders for Housing Justice is generously supported by CommonSpirit Health.
During COVID, we have seen how important housing is to allow people to safely social distance from others and practice safe hygiene activities, such as handwashing, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Given that an analysis on unemployment projects a 40-45% increase in homelessness, it will take coordinated, collaborative efforts to prevent people from becoming homeless, to support the healthcare needs of people currently experiencing homelessness, and to move people experiencing homelessness into safe, stable housing.
Funders Together to End Homelessness, with the generous support of CommonSpirit Health, is launching the Health System Funders for Housing Justice, which will center on the inextricable link between healthcare and homelessness systems and the belief that housing is healthcare.
Health System Funders for Housing Justice participants will:
- Map out and prioritize opportunities for health systems to have an impact on the homelessness system at state and national levels
- Create an action agenda for the network that includes investment opportunities, advocacy and policy priorities, and partnership recommendations
- Build trust and a structure among participants for sustained collaboration after Funders Together’s facilitation formally ends
Who should participate?
This network is open to health systems interested in coordinating resources and strategies to better prevent and end homelessness. Individual participants must meet the following criteria:
- Believe that housing is healthcare and understand how homelessness and housing instability affect health outcomes.
- Have positional authority in their organization to direct or influence how investments are made at a regional or national level.
- Have positional authority in their organization to engage in or direct the engagement of policy and advocacy activities.
- Be able and willing to meet the participant expectations outlined below.
The success of this community of practice depends on the full commitment of each participant. While we understand that conflicts will always arise, we also hope participants will commit to:
- Participating in a pre-survey, an intake interview, and other periodic check-in calls with facilitators.
- Attending monthly videoconference meetings and biannual virtual convenings.
- Sharing and learning in real time with peers and colleagues.
How to Join
If you are interested in joining the Health System Funders for Housing Justice or have any questions about the network, please reach out to Tabitha Blackwell at [email protected].
Lauren Samblanet published United Way of Ventura County in Member Profiles 2020-11-02 17:45:26 -0500
702 County Square Drive, Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93003
President & CEO
To improve lives by inspiring and mobilizing the caring power and resources of our community.
Lauren Samblanet published Voices for Justice In the Movement to End Homelessness in Funder Resources 2020-10-28 14:06:34 -0400
As part of our Commitment to Racial Equity and in light of the racial justice awakening in this country, Funders Together is sharing statements, articles, and other resources that highlight the voices of Black leaders in the fields of philanthropy, homelessness, and intersecting systems. While it’s important for white leaders to speak up, we can further our commitments to racial equity by listening to, learning from, and incorporating the recommendations of Black leadership into not only our grantmaking but also into the structures of our organizations.
Funders Together features these statements in bi-monthly emails. To be added to that mailing list, please email Lauren Samblanet at [email protected]. These emails are only available for members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, corporate giving programs, and philanthropy-serving organizations.
This page will be continually updated to include each statement that we highlight.
In February, philanthropic organizations in California launched the Black Freedom Fund. This $100 million fund, co-created with Black leaders and organizers, provides resources to Black-led power-building organizations over the next five years. Shimica Gaskins, Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund-California, highlighted the necessity of the fund, of power-building for Black communities, and what philanthropy should consider in their funding on the Black Freedom Fund website.
Lindsay Hill: The Raikes Foundation Established a Black Leadership & Power Fund—Here’s What It Took to Make it Happen
In August, the Raikes Foundation launched the Black Leadership & Power Fund, which consists of $1 million in funding to support the dismantling of anti-Black racism. Lindsay Hill, Raikes Foundation's Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the time, shared the process of moving from statements to action in her blog post for Funders Together.
In her recent personal reflection, President of the Melville Charitable Trust and Funders Together board member Susan Thomas, discusses how our nation's policies impact Black and Brown communities, and the connection between healthcare, housing, low wages and homelessness.
Funders Together board member and Executive Director of The Nord Family Foundation, Tony Richardson highlighted in his blog for The Center for Effective Philanthropy, how foundations can be more actively addressing racial bias and working toward racial equity.
In the youth and young adult homelessness space, we often hear the phrase nothing about us without us, which means that youth and young people with lived expertise of homelessness should not just be included in the designing of solutions to homelessness, but also have real decision-making power. True Colors United, a Funders Together partner, put this important value into practice in both the process used to create their statement, True Colors United for Black Lives, and in the statement’s content.
In June, ABFE, a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities and a critical partner of Funders Together, released their statement requesting action from philanthropy against anti-Black racism.
Lauren Samblanet published Thank you for registering for the 2020 Funders Forum and Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference in 2020 Funders Forum 2019-10-18 08:01:07 -0400
Thank you for registering for the 2020 Funders Forum and Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference
Thank you for registering for the 2020 Funders Forum and National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference. Here is your receipt. We look forward to seeing you in February! A follow up email with event logistics will be sent closer to the date of the Funders Forum
Hotel rooms fill up quickly, so please register for your hotel room today.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness room block at the Oakland Marriott City Center has sold out. Other nearby hotels include:
- Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center
- Trending Inn
- There are also two options slightly further away (about a 10 minute walk): Z Hotel Jack London Square and the Waterfront Hotel.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions to Stephanie Chan at [email protected]
Lauren Samblanet published 2020 Funders Forum Only Registration in 2020 Funders Forum 2020-02-18 13:11:13 -0500
FUNDERS FORUM ONLY REGISTRATION
Use this page to register if you would like to attend ONLY the Funders Forum on Wednesday, February 19. This option allows you to attend the entire Funders Forum, including our funders networking reception, but does not allow access to the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference
- Funders Together dues-paying members and funding partners: $250
- Non-dues paying members and non-members: $400
Register and pay online.
Register below for only the 2020 Funders Forum.
(Please note: we are only able to process online registration payments via PayPal at this time.)
Pay by check
If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your registration payment to the address below with “2020 Funders Forum registration” in the memo line. Then, send us an email to let us know that you plan to pay by check and we will register you for the event.
Mail checks to:
Funders Together to End Homelessness
89 South Street, Suite 803
Boston, MA 02111
Please note that the registration for the Funders Forum and joint registration for the Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference is exclusively for private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.
Cancellation requests made by Monday, December 30th, 2019 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Requests made between Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and Monday, February 3, 2020 will incur a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations made after Monday, February 3, 2020 will receive no refund.
To cancel a registration, send a request to Lauren Samblanet, Membership and Program Coordinator. Refunds for paid registrations are subject to approval and a cancellation fee. You will receive an email when your refund has been processed.
Lauren Samblanet published Webinar Archive: Ending Homelessness Means Ending Urban Native Homelessness in Webinar Recordings 2019-08-14 10:56:41 -0400
We know that people of color face disproportionate levels of homelessness. In some areas, like Seattle, WA, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are seven times more likely to experience homelessness than their white counterparts. Moreover, American Indians/Alaska Natives are least likely to be referred to housing and least likely to be accepted to housing when referred.