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Webinar: Improving Housing, Substance Use and Behavioral Health Approaches for People Experiencing Homelessness

Tuesday August 3rd | 2:00 -3:30 ET, 1:00- 2:30 CT, 12:00 -1;30 MT, 11:00-12:30 PT 

Co-Sponsored by: Grantmakers in Health

Recent changes in the public policy landscape have led to advances in addressing substance use and behavioral health disorders as key aspects of the health and public health continuum. Approaches to integrate substance use services into health care systems are starting to break down silos in care and leading to innovations across systems. The shift to addressing substance use primarily as a health care issue has important implications for other intersectional issues, including efforts occurring across the country to increase comprehensive and equitable care models for the people experiencing homelessness. 

Join this webinar to hear about several effective solutions for providing care for individuals experiencing homelessness as part of a holistic and equitable health care approach. Experts will discuss opportunities stemming from recent changes in substance use policy and practice to develop innovative care models that fill key gaps in care and the rationale for investing in these models, including housing and peer-based approaches.  

The webinar will focus on the urgency of addressing equity issues around providing substance use behavioral health services in communities of color where services are scarce and innovation is most needed.   

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the shifting policy and practice landscape related to addressing substance use as a health and equity issue and the opportunities it creates to integrate substance use and behavioral health care into health and housing services  
  • Identify gaps in care for the people experiencing homelessness with substance use and behavioral health care needs 
  • Provide innovative examples of how systems work together to address gaps and generate learning to improve care. 
  • Provide key perspectives from medical, public health, provider, and peer practitioners on the importance of a comprehensive and holistic care delivery approach that is centered in creating equitable access to care. 


  • Alexa Eggleston, Audacia Consulting, (Moderator) 
  • Jason Satterfield, Executive Director, The Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation
  • Mimi Doohan MD PhD MPH, Safe Haven Clinic Institute 
  • Noah Fay, Director of Housing Programs, DESC
  • Rosy Vasquez CEO, Community Through Hope, Chula Vista CA  

Length: 90 minutes

How to Register

Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. A Funders Together staff person will approve your registration, and you will receive a link from Zoom to join. 

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.

August 03, 2021 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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  • Stephanie Chan
    published this page in Programming 2021-06-25 16:38:09 -0400

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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