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Webinar: Lessons Learned from Communities Ending Chronic and Veteran Homelessness

Communities are working tirelessly to reach functional zero in chronic and veteran homelessness. What can philanthropy do to help take the last critical steps to reaching zero?

In December, we asked Beth Sandor from Community Solutions what we need to do differently to create large scale change in homelessness.  She outlined the tools and systems change work that the Built for Zero initiative is utilizing in communities across the county to end chronic and veteran homelessness.

In this webinar, we will hear directly from two of the communities who have reached functional zero. Julia Orlando, Director of The Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Service Center in NJ, will discuss how her community ended chronic homelessness and Mary Simons, Executive Director of Open Doors Homeless Coalition will speak to ending veteran homelessness in her community of Gulfport, MS. We welcome back Beth Sandor, who will interview these community representatives. 

We will hear specifically how rigorous data and committed funding partners are essential to reaching and maintaining functional zero. As well as dig deep into the lessons they learned that may be helpful to other communities looking to take that last step.

Angela D'Orazio, Program Officer at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland will offer a funder perspective and speak about her community of Cuyahoga County and the steps being taken to reach functional zero by the year 2020. 


February 13, 2018 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Mike Schwartz Karen Brown Hey Moffit Robert Moffit Matthew Aliberti Ellen Clear Nancy Magee Andrea Evans DEbbie Anderson Marcy Felsenfeld Brian Paulson Tanya Reynolds Amy Denhart Oona Schmid Eric Ares

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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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