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Local Learning: American Indians/Alaska Native Homelessness in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Virtual | Monday, September 20| 11:30am-1:00pm PT

Join the Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) – Los Angeles network and Southern California Grantmakers to learn more about American Indians/Alaska Native (AIAN) resilience, efforts in supporting the unhoused, and opportunities for increased investments. This conversation will explore the historical lack of investment in Native communities, the current state of AIAN homelessness in Los Angeles County, and the common areas of need for AIAN nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness.

Lunch gift cards will be provided to the first 25 registered participants.


  • Dr. Andrea Garcia, Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission
  • Erik Stegman, Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • Joseph Quintana, United American Indian Involvement
  • Pamela Villasenor, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
  • Rudy Ortega, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians


To register, please email Abraham Fuentes with your RSVP.


September 20, 2021 at 11:30am - 1pm

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Programming 2021-09-14 12:42:46 -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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