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

Webinar: Medical Respite: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing Landscape

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 3:00pm ET | 2:00pm CT | 1:00pm MT | 12:00pm PT

During COVID, we have seen how important housing is to allow people to safely social distance from others and practice safe hygiene activities, such as handwashing, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Given that an analysis on unemployment projects a 40-45% increase in homelessness, it will take coordinated, collaborative efforts to prevent people from becoming homeless, to support the healthcare needs of people currently experiencing homelessness, and to move people experiencing homelessness into safe, stable housing. 

This webinar is the first in our Health and Homelessness webinar series. With an increased focus on the intersection of health and homelessness/housing, more and more funders are interested in learning about what strategies are being implemented, what policies are providing funds to state and local governments, and what populations are most vulnerable. 


  • Provide an overview of Medical Respite and how it is evolving as a strategy to serve unhoused individuals.
  • Describe the policy and practice landscape.
  • provide perspectives from payors and those with lived experience about why it is a critical part of the housing continuum.


  • Julia Dobbins, Director of Medical Respite Care, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Andy McMahon, Vice President of Policy Health & Human Services, UnitedHealthcare
  • Beth Graham, Executive Director, Joseph's Home

Length:  1.5 hours


Registration for this webinar is now closed. If you have any questions, plesae contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to participate or have not received your Zoom link, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

June 30, 2021 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs ·

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  • Tabitha Blackwell
    published this page in Programming 2021-05-24 23:24:37 -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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