While numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations, and the public sector have been working to address chronic homelessness for a long time, there have not been strategic attempts to coordinate public and private funding for the services and resources needed to address the issue. That changed in 2011 when public and private funders came together as part of the Home For Good initiative to create a more coordinated approach to funding permanent supportive housing (PSH) for chronically homeless people through the Home for Good Funders Collaborative.
Prior to the Collaborative, providers interested in developing or operating PSH generally applied for funds from a multitude of sources with different funding cycles, priorities, and availability, any of which could obstruct the project. The Collaborative was formed to bring public and private partners together to create a single funding application process, align funding priorities around PSH, and make funding decisions collaboratively.
From December 2011 through March 2012, the Funders Collaborative developed and released its first RFP for $105 million in private and public resources for PSH. Grantees were selected in June 2012. The Funders Collaborative recently released its second RFP and will announced grants by August of 2013.
Abt Associates, as part of a larger evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative, conducted interviews with stakeholders in the Funders Collaborative process and reviewed the formation of the group. The results were compiled and used to create a report, which is meant to serve as an overview of the Funders Collaborative and outline lessons learned by participants during the first RFP process. The report provides important information for communities interested in creating their own funders collaborative to leverage public and private resources while streamlining the funding process for PSH.
Download the full report: HFG Funders Collaborative: Lessons Learned from Implementation & Yr 1 Funding
Please join us on Friday, July 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm as we celebrate the halfway point of Home For Good!
At this year’s convening we will celebrate the accomplishments and acknowledge the shortfalls of the first two and a half years of the Home For Good Action Plan. The morning’s events promise to be informative and will set the stage for the next chapter in Los Angeles County’s efforts to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016.
We are excited to announce that we will be joined by outstanding federal partners:
Dr. Tommy Sowers- Assistant Secretary, Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Mark Johnston – Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Barbara Poppe - Executive Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Friday July 12, 2013
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Diamond Ballroom J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
We are honored to be partnering with wonderful organizations and passionate individuals across the county! Together, we can bring our homeless neighbors home for good.
The Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness has launched its action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016. Home For Good is a blueprint for creating a cost-effective and efficient system that will end homelessness by focusing on permanent housing with support services. A campaign to implement the plan will begin at United Way’s HomeWalk on November 13, when thousands of walkers will pledge their commitment by urging their elected officials to support the plan.
Recently the L.A. Times ran a series of articles profiling Project 50.As a result, questions have been asked about whether permanent supportive housing works. The answer is yes. Data shows that 80% of people in permanent supportive housing stay off the streets for good.
Read the Los Angeles Times articles
Read the response by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog, Why Project 50 Saves Lives
Send a letter to your Supervisor to show your support
United Way joined partners including the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Bank of America in Washington D.C. for the launch of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. This grassroots movement, led by nonprofit Common Ground, is bringing together communities to find housing for their most vulnerable homeless people. Long Beach, Venice and Hollywood are among those who have already signed on to the campaign. The ultimate goal is to provide 100,000 homes for 100,000 homeless people by July 2013.
Click here to learn more and watch a video of volunteers talking about their experiences in Hollywood.