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Local Learning: Increasing Housing Stability in the Bay: An Invitation to Philanthropy

Home. It’s the root our lives grow from. Our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities is dependent on having stable housing. Yet across the Bay Area, finding and keeping a home has slipped out of reach for many people in our communities. 

Our housing crisis has created a stark juxtaposition – construction cranes pop up to build primarily market rate and luxury housing, while tent encampments bloom on our sidewalks. The tents visibly remind us that our neighbors have lost their homes, but many more people experiencing homelessness remain out of sight – living in their cars or moving around to stay with friends or family when they can. People of color, particularly Black and Native Americans, have been especially impacted due to the long history of policies excluding them from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility.                                                                                           

What are communities doing to protect and provide stable housing for those at risk of losing their homes or experiencing homelessness? How are they protecting housing stability for long standing communities of color under pressure from gentrification? From stepping up rapid rehousing and prevention services, to providing more permanent supportive housing, to increasing navigation centers and better coordinating across systems that support people experiencing homelessness, cities around the Bay are intensifying their efforts to respond to the crisis. 

Join us to: 

  • Hear from leaders in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Santa Clara who are spearheading multi-faceted efforts to keep people housed, stably rehouse those experiencing homelessness, and provide the support our most vulnerable community members need to thrive
  • Discuss the role philanthropy can play to support these efforts. This briefing is the first in a series in partnership between Funders Together and Northern California Grantmakers

We hope you can join us for this important conversation.


  • Joanne Karchmer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs at the Mayor's Office, City of Oakland
  • Jeff Kositsky, Director, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, City of San Francisco
  • Jennifer Loving, Chief Executive Officer, Destination Home
  • Jacquelyn McCormick, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Berkeley
  • Cynthia Nagendra, Director, the Alliance Center for Capacity Building, National Alliance to End Homelessness (moderator)
  • Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor of the City of Oakland

*Please note this event takes place at 1:30 pm PT

October 23, 2018 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St
Suite 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
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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