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Webinar: Innovative Responses to Help Build Positive Outcomes for the Justice-Involved

Tuesday, April 21 | 2:00pm ET | 1:00pm CT | 12:00pm MT | 11:00am PT

We know that housing stability is closely tied to criminal justice involvement and employment. If we want to achieve true justice, we need to ensure that people’s justice involvement doesn’t affect their employment or housing, and that systems are set up to help people succeed and thrive.

In this webinar, Heartland Alliance will talk about three of their initiatives: READI Chicago, which is working to reduce gun violence involvement; Onboard Chicago, which is an employer-focused strategy to incorporate trauma informed care in the workplace; and a multiyear advocacy campaign aimed at omnibus legislation to eliminate permanent punishment for criminal records.

Foundations for Employment and Housing, Funders Together’s community of practice, learned about these Heartland Alliance initiatives at the end of 2019 and thought it would be useful for other Funders Together members to hear how other partners in the field are working on housing issues from different systems. We invite you to join this webinar to learn: 

  • About racial equity and the intersection of criminal justice involvement, employment, and housing 
  • How Heartland Alliance is bringing people with lived experience into their work and using this expertise to inform policy 
  • How funders can support policy reform in their own communities and support organizations working at the intersection of multiple systems that intersect with housing stability. 


  • Quintin Williams, Field Building Manager, Heartland Alliance 
  • Floyd Stafford, Community Program Manager, Heartland Alliance 

Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

April 21, 2020 at 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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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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