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Local Learning: Funder Meeting at Housing First Partners Conference

Monday, March 16 | 2:00pm PT

In response to the practices and efficacy of Housing First being questioned, communities and policymakers are starting to focus on the rise of unsheltered homelessness through criminalization and the proposal of other “solutions” that will not result real systems change. It is imperative for philanthropy to come together and determine how to strategically ensure the implementation and scaling of real solutions that end homelessness. 

It is especially critical for philanthropy to use their dollars and voice to build political will so that mayors, governors, and other local policymakers direct resources toward under-funded solutions such as housing vouchers, permanent supportive housing, and behavioral health services. Philanthropy also has a role to play in ensuring that that people experiencing homelessness are not warehoused out of sight, arrested for being homeless, or subjected to measures that will perpetuate cycles of homelessness and housing instability.  

Join Funders Together to End Homelessness for a funder meeting in Seattle, WA before the Housing First Partners Conference to discuss what’s happening locally and federally around homelessness and how funders can respond. During this meeting, we will share how our communities are responding to current proposed policy changes related to homelessness and housing, discuss how we should respond, and name ways to learn and act together.  

You do not need to be registered for the Housing First Partners Conference to attend this meeting.  


Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm PT 


Registration for this meeting is now closed. If you have any questions about participating, please email Stephanie Chan, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.


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 Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness. 


March 16, 2020 at 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
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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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