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Webinar: Leveraging Cash Transfers and Guaranteed Income to Support People Experiencing Homelessness

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT

This session will last 90 minutes. 

With the growing number of regulations and changed in the economy, there has been a rising number of people struggling to maintain housing and meet their basic needs. The recent pandemic has provided the fuel for the now growing interest in communities across the country to explore the idea of providing cash to individuals to meet their own needs. These programs have different names and models, from cash transfers to a guaranteed income. Despite the name, funders have increasingly been exploring their role in leveraging these programs in their community to support people experiencing homelessness. 

This webinar will provide a glimpse into programs from various communities across the country. You will hear from Matt Morton from Chapin Hall about the direct cash payment program in New York, Daniel Brisson from the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research about the Denver Basic Income Project Project, Peace Gwam from Urban Institute about THRIVE East of the River cash transfer program, and Sonia Torres Rodriguez from Urban Institute about Greater Washington Community Foundation–Affiliated Cash Transfer programs. We will hear from the researchers and evaluators that are working in these communities to capture the successes and challenges of these programs. Speakers will explore the potential benefits and feasibility of using cash transfers for a multitude of populations, not just as a response to the current pandemic, but as an ongoing emergency response to those experiencing housing instability. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn more about the various programs designed to provide cash directly to people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Explore the successes and challenges of cash transfer and guaranteed income programs within communities. 
  • Identify opportunities for funders to advance the work happening in communities around cash transfers and guaranteed income.


  • Matt Morton, Ph.D, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Daniel Brisson, Executive Director, Center for Housing and Homelessness Research
  • Peace Gwam, Research Analyst, Urban Institute
  • Sonia Torres Rodriguez, Research Assistant, Urban Institute


To register for this webinar, please use the register button below.

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.    


This webinar will take place via Zoom. If you have any technical questions or do not have your Zoom link at least 24 hours before this webinar begins, please reach out to Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs.

January 27, 2022 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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  • Tabitha Blackwell
    published this page in Programming 2021-12-09 11:06:14 -0500

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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