On Thursday, over 100 individuals including funders, government officials, and nonprofit partners joined the Home For Good Funders Collaborative as it announced the allocation of $105 million for permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles County.
The Funders Collaborative is an unprecedented partnership of 24 public and private funders, led by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, who have come together to align funds and target resources.
In an era of scare resources, the Funders Collaboratives has dedicated funds which will help house and provide supportive services for 1,000 chronically homeless individuals throughout the region.
Renee Fraser, Co-Chair of the Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness, kicked off the morning by welcoming donors and award recipients and emphasizing how critical the Funders Collaborative’s work is to the success of Home For Good.
Various speakers followed, including County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Barbara Poppe, Steve Hilton, Aileen Getty and Mercedes Marquez.
When speaking of the incredible momentum and spirit of collaboration generated by the Home For Good initiative, Aileen Getty said it best: “This is a smart use of resources and a remarkable opportunity to sit at the table to help create solutions to homelessness.”
While funders were acknowledged for pooling much-needed resources, HFG’s community partners funded by the collaborative were praised for the work they are undertaking on the ground to house our homeless neighbors.
Joel Roberts from PATH Partners spoke about the paradigm shift created under Home For Good and how the “Housing First” approach is allowing agencies likes his to say that they are permanently housing individuals, not just sheltering them: “Every time we place a person into housing and visit them a year later, we can say we not only transformed that person, we transformed this community.”
In their closing remarks, Task Force Co-Chairs Renee Fraser and Jerry Neuman shared their belief in the idea that “collaboration is the way to innovation.”
Check out a slide show of the event: