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POSTPONED: California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network Meeting

This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for more information.

Co-sponsored by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Funders Together to End HomelessnessFunders Together San Diego, Philanthropy California, and San Diego Grantmakers

The affordable housing and homelessness crisis continues to be top of mind for many stakeholders in California. As the Administration continues its focus on homelessness in the state, it is essential for philanthropy to come together to build a coalition of influence and expertise by gaining a shared understanding and knowledge of policies that directly impact housing affordability and stability across California. Historically, from redlining practices to criminalizing homelessness, homelessness and housing policy have contributed to the crises we are in now. We must address these harmful policies and support equitable, inclusive and data driven solutions at the State and local level. 

Building on learnings from the 2019 California Homelessness and Affordable Housing State Policy Convening for Philanthropy in Sacramento last December, join peers from across the state to continue the critical conversation about what it will take to end homelessness and housing poverty in California through policy change at the California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network meeting.

On April 14th, at the California Homelessness and Housing Policy Funders Network meeting, held in conjunction with the Housing California 2020 Annual Conference in San Diego, we will discuss what’s been happening with homelessness and housing policy in California since the last meeting, and dive deep into topics such as the state of homelessness in California, the development of affordable housing across the state, supporting grassroots organizations or coalitions, and more. We will also use this meeting to explore the value of building a learning network for California funders that is focused on homelessness and housing policy. 

You'll also have time to connect further with other funders at our networking reception following the meeting, from 4-6pm on April 14th. Location will be announced soon.

Stay tuned for a working agenda!  


Please note that participation in this meeting is limited to 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 Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications and Policy at Funders Together to End Homelessness.

April 14, 2020 at 10:00am - 4pm
Town and Country San Diego
Lauren Bennett ·

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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