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Local Learning: Racial Equity and Homelessness

Los Angeles, CA

The Funders Together to End Homelessness Los Angeles Network (FTEH-LA) is pleased to invite private philanthropic funders to our next event on September 23. Attendees will enjoy a short docent-led tour of the “Undesign the Redline” exhibit, followed by a meeting focused on Racial Equity and Homelessness.

In Los Angeles County, Black people represent nine percent of the general population but comprise 40% of the population experiencing homelessness. In February of this year, LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness released a groundbreaking report that examines the factors contributing to this overrepresentation; identifies opportunities to increase racial equity within the homeless service delivery system; and develops recommendations to more effectively meet the needs of Black people experiencing homelessness. As the community moves forward in implementing these recommendations, how can philanthropy come together to strengthen the impact and investment in this work?

Please join Funders Together Los Angeles for an intimate conversation on the role of philanthropy in advancing racial equity within the homeless service sector. You will hear from experts Amanda Andere – Funders Together to End Homelessness, Rosa Benitez – Weingart Foundation, and Jacqueline Waggoner – Enterprise Community Partners. They will discuss key takeaways from the last FTEH-LA session on racial equity, provide insights on the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness Report and Recommendations, and consider how philanthropy can meaningfully engage in this important work. The meeting will also include a guided tour of “Undesign the Redline,” an interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today, led by Joss Tillard-Gates of Enterprise Community Partners.

RSVP with your name, organization and title to Emma Heffernan ([email protected]). Please note that this event is for funders only. Should you have a specific question for our panelists, please include with your RSVP.

September 23, 2019 at 11:00am - 2:30pm
Los Angeles Central Library
630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
United States
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Emma Heffernan ·

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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