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Webinar: Race and Homelessness in the United States: Progress and Peril for the Work Ahead

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 / 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10am PT

Over the past several years, the conversation about racial equity and addressing homelessness has shifted considerably as homelessness and housing leaders have pushed the field to have different conversations and look at data and solutions differently. In order to achieve equity and justice, we also know that it’s critical to understand the historical and current context of any issue.  

In this webinar, Donald Whitehead and Jeff Olivet from Racial Equity Partners will share a timeline of the history of race and homelessness in the United States to provide this historical context. They will then spend time talking in depth about the national, state, and local work that has happened over the past several years in our collective response to end homelessness. Grounded in a historical analysis of structural racism and drawing on racial disparities data, we will explore bright spots in racial equity implementation, the rapidly shifting political and economic landscape around racial equity work, and persistent challenges to achieving equitable outcomes for people of color experiencing homelessness. 

Whether you are a funder who has worked to end homelessness for a long time or are newer to ending homelessness, this 90-minute webinar will help provide the historical and current landscape related to racial equity and homelessness and will include ample time for questions and answers.  

Learning Objectives 

By the end of this webinar, participants will have: 

  • Historical knowledge about race and homelessness in the United States, 
  • An understanding of key pieces of research, policy change, and practices from the last several years that have helped center racial equity in the work to end homelessness, and 
  • Time to ask questions and discuss what this means for the work ahead. 


Registration Instructions 

Please register for this webinar using the button below. Once registered, you will receive your unique Zoom link to participate in this webinar. This Zoom link should only be used by you; if you need to transfer your registration to a colleague, please reach out to Stephanie Chan directly so we can update our records accordingly.  

Registration Fee 

  • Full Members of Funders Together: $15 
  • Basic and Non-members of Funders Together: $30 
  • Confirmed participants of the second Foundations for Racial Equity cohort: free of charge. You will automatically receive the Zoom link for this webinar. If you would like, you are also welcome to support this webinar by paying the registration fee using the button below.  

This registration fee is non-refundable (unless you do not meet participation eligibility as stated below). Only registered participants will receive access to the webinar recording post-event. 

Registration is closed.

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 meeting will take place via Zoom. Once you have registered, Funders Together staff will add you to Zoom, and you will receive your unique link to join directly from Zoom. Webinar links will be resent the night before and morning of the webinar.


April 07, 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stephanie Chan ·

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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page in Programming 2021-03-07 16:48:54 -0500

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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