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Webinar: Supporting Equitable Re-Entry through Housing, Policy, and Beyond

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 1:00PM ET, 12:00PM CT, 11:00AM MT, 10:00AM PT  

Co-sponsor: Neighborhood Funders Group.

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Housing justice requires transforming the policies and systems that prevent people with involvement in the criminal legal system from having stable and safe housing. As Funders Together works toward housing justice as our north star, we will examine how our members and partners are working to transform systems and present a spectrum of solutions ranging from new supportive housing options for those leaving jails and prisons to eliminating the prison industrial system that perpetuates cycles of harm.  

This webinar is the first in a series on re-entry highlighting how our members are working to interrupt the systems that perpetuate housing instability, criminal legal system involvement, and other collateral consequences that prevent housing justice. During this webinar, participants will hear what present-day efforts peers are supporting across the country and together we will grapple with difficult juxtapositions between supporting immediate policy reform while co-creating a more visionary, liberated future.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the housing landscape and criminal/legal systems affecting returning citizens experiencing housing insecurity.   
  • Describe how funders can engage and connect to opportunities that support returning citizens and housing justice as a whole   
  • Understand the distinct housing needs of returning citizens  
  • Define a few strategies funders should consider related to reentry  


  • Tia Smith, Director of Membership & Programs, FTEH, Moderator (They/Them) 
  • Tom Nurmi, Co-chair of the Committee on Homelessness, William S. Abell Foundation (He/Him) 
  • Janet Miller, Executive Director, William S. Abell Foundation (She/Her)
  • Katie Fallon, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute (She/Her) 
  • Ashley McSwain, Executive Director, Community Family Life Services (She/Her) 
  • Jamia Edwards, Speakers Bureau, Community Family Life Services (She/Her)
  • Jim Knight, President & CEO, Jubilee Housing (He/Him)
  • Guy Redford, Jubilee Resident, Jubilee Housing (He/Him)

How to Register

Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. You will receive your Zoom link once a Funders Together staff person has approved your registration.  

Register here for the Re-Entry Webinar

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and 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 Tia Smith, Director of Membership and Programs.  


This webinar will take place via Zoom meeting. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Tia Smith. 

This webinar will last 75 minutes.



December 07, 2022 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Tia Smith ·

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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2022-10-05 11:58:47 -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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