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Local Learning: Pathways to Housing Justice: All Roads Lead to Housing

Bay Area - Virtual | Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 1:30PM - 3:00PM PT

Host: Northern California Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers | Together for Good

Co-Sponsor: San Francisco Foundation, Funders Together to End Homelessness


Introduction to Pathways to Housing Justice

Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to co-sponsor Northern California Grantmaker's Pathways to Housing Justice, 3-part series on Intersectional Solutions. We all deserve a decent place to live. It’s a matter of basic justice and a measure of who we are as a community. 

Having a stable, affordable home impacts our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities. Our whole community does better when everyone has good, safe housing.

Housing justice is also racial justice. Generations of exclusionary policies and institutional racism have created an unjust housing system that falls hardest on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Addressing the Bay Area’s housing crisis means taking on the underlying inequities baked into how housing is developed and delivered.

There is a path forward, and it’s not one size fits all. No one sector, city, or county can tackle it alone. We can be proud of the progress we have made over the past few years, building broad coalitions that can secure legislative victories, invest in affordable housing, and support advocacy and power-building work.

Together, we can develop an intersectional approach and thrive in our collaboration for effective solutions. It’s up to all of us to fight for housing justice, and philanthropy has an important role to play as we build a Bay Area that moves all of us forward. 

All Roads Lead to Housing

No matter the issue, rising Bay Area housing costs affect everything. People - especially people of color and workers with low wages - must choose between medical care, food, basic living expenses, and housing. Communities are being displaced and face extreme commutes. Stable, affordable housing sits at the intersection of health, economic opportunity, and education. The philanthropic sector has the opportunity to support strategic intersectional approaches that work across issue areas to advance effective solutions.

Join the Northern California Grantmakers as they discuss the connection between housing, and economic opportunity; promising cross-sector projects in the region; and philanthropy's role in advancing an intersectional approach to building a Bay Area that moves all everyone forward.

This is the first part of a three part series on housing justice. You can find information and register for the second and third part of the series on NCG's website.

Learning Objectives

By joining this webinar, you will learn about:

  • How housing intersects with other critical social issues like health, economic opportunity, and education;
  • Regional and statewide housing justice policy opportunities; and
  • How to get involved in housing advocacy and power-building opportunities.


  • Madelyn Adams, Senior Director of Community Health, Kaiser Permanente: Madelyn joined Kaiser Permanente in 2012 and is current the senior director of Community Health in the Northern California market. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Adams served as the executive director of the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation and spent 10 years as an executive with Atlanta Journal-Constitution, culminating in the role of vice president of Administration and Diversity. A dedicated volunteer, Adams serves on the Hughes Spalding Hospital Operating Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Woodward Academy Board of Governors and the board of trustees of the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board of TechBridge, where she was a founding board member. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

  • Pastor Paul Bains, Founder & Chairman, United Hope Builders: As the wealth and opportunity gaps in the Bay Area economy widen and deepen, WeHOPE co-founder and President Pastor Paul Bains is continuing his lifelong commitment by helping the most marginalized individuals and families achieve stability and build toward a more promising future.  The work of Pastor Bains, his wife and co-founder Cheryl Bains, and the staff of WeHOPE are widely recognized.  He is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and in 2016, WeHOPE received one of the first California State Senate Non-Profit of the Year awards. In April of 2022 Pastor Bains and WeHOPE was recognized by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce with the Tall Tree Award for “Outstanding Business Professionals” Award.

  • Rajib Guha, Director of Program Development, James Irvine Foundation: Rajib Guha joined the Irvine Foundation as Director of Program Development in November 2019. His role includes identifying and assessing new opportunities for impact, building cross-sector relationships and partnerships, and engaging internal and external stakeholders on the design and execution of pilot projects and potential new initiatives. Prior to Irvine, Rajib spent six years at the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, where he served as a strategic advisor to a wide range of grantmakers and nonprofits, including New Profit, United Way of New York City, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ArtPlace America, and City Year. 

  • Khanh Russo, VP of Policy & Innovation, San Francisco Foundation (moderator) 

How to Register

Please RSVP for this event by using the registration button below. This event will last 90 minutes. Registration is through Northern California Grantmakers and is held virtually through Zoom.

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

April 12, 2023 at 1:30pm - 3pm
Northern California Grantmakers

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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2023-04-05 16:51:23 -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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