Funding Principles for Ending Homelessness

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This presentation from the 2008 annual conference for the National Alliance to End Homelessness presents seven core funding principles recommended by Funders Together to End Homelessness.

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Funding Principles for Ending Homelessness

  1. 1. NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE JULY 28, 2008 FUNDERS TOGETHER
  2. 2. New Identity Expanded Focus
  3. 3. Funding Principles to End Homelessness <ul><li>Created to act as a guide for homelessness funders </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn from the evidence based practices of our implementing partners – NAEH and CSH </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative effort to mobilize funders and work with public, private and nonprofit allies in communities across the country. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Principle 1 <ul><li>Housing is the key </li></ul><ul><li>Promote housing-based solutions with access to appropriate services, that are integrated into our communities, as the primary investment for ending homelessness. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Principle 2 <ul><li>Recruit partners - make deals </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate and collaborate through strategic partnerships among funders, local policymakers, business leaders, and government, as well as advocacy, housing and service providers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Principle 3 <ul><li>Think upstream </li></ul><ul><li>Support effective prevention programs and strategies, such as discharge planning, employment training, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and family reunification efforts. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Principle 4 <ul><li>Share the vision </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of homelessness and help implement existing local ten year plans to end homelessness, while building public will for long-term strategies locally and nationally. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Principle 5 <ul><li>Build a bank of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and support research, demonstration projects, and data collection to identify and confirm evidence-based approaches for serving the homeless population. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Principle 6 <ul><li>Be an agent for change </li></ul><ul><li>Promote needed systems change, including increased coordination across government departments and agencies and efforts to transition providers from shelter-based to housing first models. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Principle 7 <ul><li>Follow the money </li></ul><ul><li>Work actively to leverage national policy and financial support for these efforts. </li></ul>

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