A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Webinar: Health and Housing Instability for Youth and Young Adults

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT


Young people who experience homelessness have significantly higher rates of emotional, behavioral, and immediate and long-term health problems. Numerous studies have outlined the negative outcomes for individuals under the age of 24 experiencing homelessness. Communities are exploring how to work more upstream and provide supports that can help prevent youth homelessness, while addressing their unique health needs. Addressing social determinants of health, such as housing instability, can be challenging, long-term endeavors. Some health systems, funders, and nonprofit organizations, however, are exploring ways that they can support affordable housing.

The webinar will explore the intersection of health and homelessness among young people.  We will discuss some promising programs and projects that are currently happening and upcoming at this intersection. We will also highlight some programs addressing the medical needs for some specific subpopulations of young people experiencing homelessness, such as pregnant young women and system-involved youth. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the shifting policy, programming, and practice landscape related to individuals under 24 years old experiencing homelessness.
  • Identify gaps in care for young people experiencing homelessness and provide several innovative examples of how to address those gaps and generate learning to improve care.
  • Provide several key perspectives from medical, research, and practitioners on the importance of a comprehensive and holistic care delivery approach that is centered on creating equitable access to young people experiencing homelessness.


  • Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, FTEH (Moderator)
  • Kelly Kelleher, MD, Pediatrician and Professor, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Barbara Poppe, Barbara Poppe and Associates
  • Natasha Slesnick, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Administration, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

How to Register:

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.

December 02, 2021 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs · · 617.245.0314 x104

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  • Isaac Manchego
    published this page in Programming 2021-11-12 16:39:46 -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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