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Philanthropic Response Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the destruction has been devastating and the complete impact of these storms remain to be seen. Those affected face a long road of uncertainty, especially those in poverty or already experiencing homelessness. Philanthropy can and should address the short-term needs to provide safety and protection for people in the path of these storms, but should also focus on a long-term response aimed at rebuilding in ways that address the needs of people with the lowest incomes and/or who are experiencing homelessness.

Below is a list of responses and resources by and for those involved in the work to end homelessness in response to this record-breaking storm. 

In addition, Funders Together to End Homelessness is committed to sharing how we can support the identified needs of Texas and Florida and surrounding areas. We are currently working with our members local to the area and will provide timely updates and resources that can further aid in the development of both short and long term responses. Please check back and watch your email for more detail.  

From Philanthropy

Center for Disaster Philanthropy - Hurricane Harvey Resources

Center for Disaster Philanthropy - Hurricane Irma Resources

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

Florida Philanthropy Network - Hurricane Irma

United Philanthropy Forum - How To Respond To Hurricane Harvey

United Philanthropy Forum - How To Respond To Hurricane Irma


From Our Partners

Council on Foundations - Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - Statement on Hurricane Harvey

National Low Income Housing Coalition - Hurricane Harvey's Devastation

National Low Income Housing Coalition - Disaster Recovery Updates

National Low Income Housing Coalition - Hurricane Housing Recovery


Lessons Learned from Disaster Recovery

Conrad N. Hilton - In Practice: Response to Hurricane Katrina

New York Regional Association of Grantmakers - Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking



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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