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Editors: Allison Silva  and Whitney Drake                                              November 7, 2012                                                                                
Board of Directors
David Wertheimer  
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA 
Leslie Strnisha
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH 
Deborah Fung
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Boston, MA 


Tom Nurmi
William S. Abell Foundation
Chevy Chase, MD 


Ann Woodward
Melville Charitable Trust
Boston, MA 


Nancy Barrand
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 


Sonya Campion
Campion Foundation
Seattle, WA 


Nancy Frees Fountain
The Frees Foundation
Houston, TX 


Barbara (Bobbie) Ibarra

Miami Coalition for the Homeless  

Miami, FL  


Bill Pitkin
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 


Debbie Reznick
Polk Bros. Foundation
Chicago, IL 


Martha Toll
Butler Family Fund
Washington, D.C.  


Joe Weisbord
Fannie Mae
New York, NY 

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> Funders Together receives generous individual donations 

> A warm welcome to new member, Michael McConnell 

> This Veterans Day we focus on vets experiencing homelessness



>  Funders Together executive director presents at annual Arizona homelessness conference

> "There are no discrete funding areas," and other lessons learned at a funders convening in Hartford, CT



>Funders Together Los Angeles hosts healthcare and homelessness convening 

> Funders Together Houston evaluates local homelessness system



> Polk Bros. Foundation launches Chicago Central Referral System

> Funders Together members win HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations

>Hilton and Gates Foundations discuss how philanthropy can improve our knowledge about ending homelessness

> Melville Charitable Trust launches revamped website,blog and Twitter

>Osteopathic Heritage Foundation releases final impact report on homeless funding priority

> Lessons from 200 smart thinkers



>Online registration for the National Conference on Family and Youth Homelessness is open 

>United States Interagency Council on Homelessness releases national research agenda for 2013

> HUD releases guidance for 2013 PIT Count


The latest useful tools and resources on homelessness


Details about upcoming conferences, webinars, and funders-only calls
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Funders Together Says Thanks Contributors to the Cause
Funders Together thanks Martha Toll, Tom Nurmi, Bobbie Ibarra, and Debbie Reznick for their generous donations to Funders Together. Click here to find out how your organization can support Funders Together. 
A Warm Welcome to New Member, Philanthropist Michael McConnell
Funders Together welcomes Michael McConnell to our network of funders supporting promising practices to end homelessness. Michael is also a member of the San Diego Grantmakers Homelessness Working Group. Check out his profile here. 
This Veterans Day We Focus on Vets Experiencing Homelessness
Funders Together is committed to the goals outlined in the federal plan to end homelessness, which include ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on any given night, roughly 131,000 veterans are homeless. Funders Together continues our support of a project piloted by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the VA. The project combines the Housing First model with the HUD-VASH program to provide core funding for housing and services for homeless veterans in 14 cities across the US. Funds are still needed for several requirements including: 


establishing tenancy: including security and utility deposits
apartment furnishings: including furniture, cooking utensils, and household supplies
To find out more about the project, read HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's letter to philanthropic partners. To make an impactful investment that will help permanently house homeless veterans, contact Funders Together executive director Anne Miskey at
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Funders Together Executive Director Presents at Arizona Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness 
Funders Together Executive Director Anne Miskey presented at the Creating One Statewide Voice workshop at the Arizona Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness. The workshop focused on collaborations and creative solutions to meet the challenges of the current economy. It promoted best practices by advocating for changes in charitable organizations and government agencies alike to assure the smart and efficient use of grant and tax dollars to help people move from homelessness to self sufficiency.

"There are No Discrete Funding Areas" and Other Lessons Learned at CT Funders Convening 

Aimee Hendrigan, senior program officer at the Melville Charitable Trust, blogs about her experience at the event How Catalytic Philanthropy is Aligning Resources to End Homelessness, and the important role that philanthropy plays in overall systems change regarding the homeless community. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Funders Together, and the Melville Charitable Trust, brought together approximately 40 funders focused on a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness in the state of Connecticut. 

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News from Our Regional Funders Networks

Los Angeles Funders Group Hosts Healthcare and Homelessness Convening

On November 2, 2012, the Los Angeles Homeless Funders Group (Funders Together Los Angeles) hosted Integrating Healthcare and Housing for Homeless Persons, a cross-sector convening. This half-day event aimed to engage attendees in an exchange of strategies to improve access to health care and health outcomes for homeless persons. Jennifer Ho, deputy director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and Dr. Mitch Katz, director of the Los Angeles County department of Health Services led discussions on healthcare and housing. Attendees discussed the roles that providers, policy makers, and public and private funders can play to enhance access to healthcare and housing for people who are homeless.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will blog about the convening at later this week. Check back there to read it, or follow us on twitter to receive an update when it's posted.  

Funders Together Houston Evaluates Local Homelessness System

Funders Together Houston met this past August to discuss how they can help implement measures required by the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) presented a report to the group of grantmakers that analyzed the results of the Houston-area Continuum of Care's (CoC) efforts to build infrastructure and develop tools to house people rapidly and provide them with the support they need to remain independent. 


CSH program manager, Mandy Chapman Semple, explained that Houston could improve its efforts to prevent and end homelessness by creating a more integrated network of service providers who offer support to those situated in stable housing. This model would connect services directly to housing and enable the community to adopt a standard service delivery model. The next phase will be to develop a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness that includes the new model of service delivery, coordinates the activities of all Houston CoC members, and is aligned with the federal plan to end homelessness. 


To read more about Funders Together Houston's activities, check out their newsletter.

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Polk Bros. Foundation teams up with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to Launch Chicago Central Referral System

The Corporation for Supportive Housing in partnership with the Chicago Planning Council on Homelessness, The Chicago Community Trust, and the Polk Bros. Foundation developed the interim-Central Referral System (CRS), a web-based tool where persons experiencing homelessness can apply for supportive housing in Chicago. Participating supportive housing providers will pull applicants from the CRS to fill unit vacancies.


If you have any questions about the CRS please contact


Funders Together Members Win HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations

Last month, we congratulated the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for their exemplary work in homelessness and the recognition they received through the Secretary's Award for Community Foundations. We also want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following Funders Together members: the Lincoln Community Foundation for their work in improving student learning and strengthening families, the Boston Foundation for their work in foreclosure rehabilitation and affordable housing, and the San Diego Foundation for their work in climate change awareness and sustainable economic growth. 

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Improving Our Knowledge About Ending Homelessness: A Role for Philanthropy

Bill Pitkin,director of domestic programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and David Wertheimer, deputy director, pacfic northwest initiative at theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, blog about their belief that philanthropy can play a critical role in preventing and ending homelessness through the evaluation of our work as charitable organizations and the system as a whole, and learning and sharing lessons among the philanthropic sector. 

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Melville Charitable Trust Launches Revamped Website, Blog, and Twitter

Last week, the Melville Charitable Trust unveiled their website's new look and posted their very first blog and tweet. These efforts were driven by their interest in increasing transparency, engaging in dialogue, and creating and maintaining connections with current and potential grantee partners, fellow funders, government agencies, and the general public. Check out the Trust's website , blog, and follow them on Twitter


Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Releases Final Impact Report on Homeless Funding Priority

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation has released the Homeless Funding Priority Final Impact Report summarizing successes and accomplishments achieved by the participating communities, representing over sixty-five organizations and over 500 staff and community volunteers since 2005.  


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Lessons from 200 Smart Thinkers 

This month the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined forces with Building Changes, one of the anchor grantees in their homelessness work, and invited more than 200 community stakeholders to join a conversation about the past three years of their work together. Representatives from government, philanthropy, non-profit providers, Public Housing Authorities, advocacy organizations, the faith community, evaluators, and others reviewed data that provide keys to understanding a complex problem with equally complex solutions. They concluded that creating the right combination of housing and services for each family - just as a business would seek to match each customer to products best suited to their needs - must be our goal.  

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Tell us your Story! Do you have news that you'd like to share with other funders about your work in homelessness? Funding an innovative project? Looking to leverage funding? Your news could appear on our blog or in our bulletin. To share your news, contact Allison Silva

2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness Website and Online Registration Now Open

The Alliance recently announced that the website and online registration for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness are now open. The conference will cover topics such as developing a coordinated assessment process, retooling transitional housing, rapid re-housing strategies, family intervention, strategies to end youth homelessness, and federal policy goals for the new Congress. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA, from February 21 to 22.

Register for the conference


United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Releases National Research Agenda for 2013

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has released The National Research Agenda: Priorities for Advancing our Understanding of Homelessness. The agenda outlines priority areas that funders, researchers, and officials should target in order to meet the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. 



HUD Releases Guidance for 2013 PIT Count

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released 2013 Housing Inventory Count and Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons: Data Collection Guidance, which will help communities plan and implement their 2013 counts of people experiencing homelessness. In the document, HUD outlines changes to the 2013 point-in-time (PIT) count such as the requirement that Continuums of Care (CoCs) report on the number of youth under the age of 18, and youth 18 to 24. CoCs will also be required to report on the number of female veterans. HUD encourages CoCs and staff to use this guide as a reference to ensure all required data is captured.

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Ending Family Homelessness: National Trends and Local System Responses

Prepared by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, this paper provides information on national trends that are suggesting significant changes in the country's approach to ending family homelessness and guidance for responding to these changes by creating well-designed local systems.

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Social Issue Interactive Tool: Performance Improvement Calculator

The Performance Improvement Calculator is an interactive tool that allows communities to use local cost and performance data on homeless programs to model strategies that decrease homelessness. It uses program budget information and key data from Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) to determine the cost per permanent housing outcome for different interventions within your community, such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing interventions. If you have completed the Homeless System Evaluator Tool, you can use the data in that tool to populate the Calculator. 


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National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Provides Resources to Prepare for 2013 Point-in-Time Count 
The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to to serve as a significant resource on homeless veterans and the programs that assist them. The Center has provided the following resources to help prepare for the 2013 housing inventory and point-in-time counts. 

Veteran Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress

Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness among U.S. Veterans: A Multisite Investigation

 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

 Data on Homeless Veterans

 GTO Manual: Getting To Outcomes® in Services for Homeless Veterans

National Alliance to End Homelessness  Releases New Resources on Youth and PTSD

The Alliance has published three new resources that include:


A History of Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Funding, a policy brief that examines the funding history of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) since fiscal year 2001. The brief beaks down the historical funding of each of the three programs under RHYA: street outreach, basic centers, and transitional living programs;


Housing and Outreach Strategies for Rural Youth: Best Practices from the Rural Youth Survey, a solutions brief that provides an overview of the host homes model that can be tailored to meet local needs, and service provider strategies for outreach to rural youth; and


Addressing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Caused by Homelessness, a solutions brief that provides an overview of PTSD, implications for providers, and principles of trauma-informed care.


Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Publishes Guide to Learning Communities
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) recently published Learn and Let Learn: Supporting learning communities for innovation and impact. The publication presents an overview of learning communities, case studies of learning communities, and explains how to design and execute a successful learning community. It cites four key roles that grantmakers can play: catalyst, sponsor or funder, organizer, and participant or peer. 

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Educational and Health Outcomes for Children and Families: How Housing Matters

Hosted by Home Funders and Associated Grant Makers 

November 8, 2012 | 8:30am-10:30am | 55 Court St., Suite 520, Boston, MA

Home Funders and Associated Grant Makers invite area grantmakers to a special funders briefing: Educational and Health Outcomes for Children and Families: How Housing Matters with Ianna Kachoris, program officer for for housing at the MacArthur Foundation


This session presents a unique opportunity for local grantmakers to learn from a national funder that is thoughtfully evolving a major grant making strategy. The event will be of interest not only to funders in housing, education, and health, but to those interested in cross-system social interventions and the implications such strategies have for grantmakers. 


There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. 


California Supportive Housing Policy Summit 

Hosted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing 

November 14, 2012 | 10am-2:30pm |The California Endowment in Oakland

Interested in ensuring that quality supportive housing remains possible? Join us the Corporation for Supportive Housing's (CSH) California Supportive Housing Policy Summit in Oakland on November 14th.


Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers Workshop

Hosted by the Council on Foundations

December 6-7, 2012 | Council on Foundations Conference Center in Arlington, VA

This workshop is designed to jump-start the careers of grantmakers who have been in the field less than two years and refocus more seasoned grantmakers who seek to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills.  


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National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

Hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness

February 21-22, 2012 |Seattle, WA, Sheraton Hotel Seattle

Times are still tough! The economic downturn swept through this country and upended many lives, pushing families into homelessness and leaving many others at the brink. Poverty among children and youth remains near the highest level since 1993.  While a recovery may be underway for many, for the poorest and most vulnerable American families there is much to be done. 


Big things are happening. New tools are in place. There are new ways of thinking about and addressing the problem.  And the need for effectiveness couldn't be greater. The National Alliance to End Homelessness invites everyone involved to come together in Seattle in February, to be part of the 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, to learn, to share, and to encourage each other to take the next steps.


Register here


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                                                           Edited by Allison Silva