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Virtual Local Learning: Homelessness in Older Adults: A Crisis Emerged

California | Tuesday, September 1 | 10:00am-12:00pm PT

The number of older adults experiencing homelessness is alarmingly on the rise. At least half of our nation’s unhoused are over the age of 50. In California, older adults are now the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population with annual increases of 20% and growing. Many are entering homelessness for the first time and equally troubling is that the majority are elders of color who, after enduring a lifetime of racialized inequity, now find themselves growing old in increasingly dire circumstances. Racism and other intersectional issues such as economic security, housing stability, access to primary and behavioral health services determine not only who is most likely to experience homelessness, but also the level of support available in breaking the cycle. Philanthropy regardless of focus area has an important role to play in providing the necessary leadership across all program areas to ensure inequities are addressed to allow all older adults to age with dignity.

What will it take to keep elders safe and housed?

In this third virtual meeting hosted by the Aging Intersections Funder Network, we will examine this rapidly intensifying issue and, along with regional leaders and experts, discuss how we can better prepare to meet the housing needs of older adults. This webinar is co-sponsored by Northern California Grantmakers, Aging Intersections Funder Network, and Funders Together to End Homelessness.

Learning Objectives

  • The underlying, intersectional issues that impact homelessness among older adults, particularly elders of color
  • How philanthropy can add value around this issue even if homelessness isn't your organization's focus
  • Short-term and direct service funding opportunities and long-term, systems and policy-change opportunities within the context of COVID-19 that can equitably improve housing among older adults


  • Jamie Almanza, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services
  • Dr. Margot Kushel, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief and Director, UCSF
  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder and Chief Executive, All Home
  • Wendy Todd, Consultant, Wendy Todd Consulting (moderator)


Click here to register for the webinar: Homelessness in Older Adults: A Crisis Emerged


September 01, 2020 at 10:00am - 12pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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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