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Webinar: Opportunity Starts at Home: Meeting Affordable Housing Needs Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

Friday, April 12 | 1pm ET | 12pm CT | 11am MT | 10am PT

Housing affordability is central to national priorities, like health care, food security, education, and more. Yet over 12 million households in the U.S. spend more than half of their incomes on rent or have no home at all, and this is compounded by continued threats to federal housing assistance and the funding and oversight necessary to produce, protect, and preserve quality, affordable housing. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation. 

Join this webinar to learn about Opportunity Starts at Home, a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income population. Mike Koprowski and Chantelle Wilkinson from the National Low Income Housing Coalition will share how they’ve coalesced several sectors around a shared theory of action and how racial equity and prevention are a part of this work.  

Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie from Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) and Susan Thomas from the Melville Charitable Trust will share how funders are supporting this work through FHO and other ways philanthropy can engage in this cross-sector work.  


  • Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director, National Low Income Housing Coalition 
  • Chantelle Wilkinson, National Campaign Coordinator, National Low Income Housing Coalition 
  • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, Project Director, Funders for Housing and Opportunity 
  • Susan Thomas, Program Director, Melville Charitable Trust 

Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]  

If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

April 12, 2019 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm
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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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