First-ever Innovation Challenges Offer Nearly $5 Million for Game-Changing Housing and Service Solutions to Aid LA County’s Fight Against Homelessness
On June 7, 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, thanks to generous financial support from the Watt Family Foundation, launched the LA Homelessness Challenge, which will award $400,000 for proposals to offer innovative service models for people experiencing homelessness in LA County. Concurrently, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative launched the Housing Innovation Challenge, a call for proposals that will award $4.5 million from the Measure H Housing Innovation Fund for creative and scalable permanent housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in LA County. At a time of heightened partnership and collaboration in the region, these two efforts are designed to inspire and activate stakeholders and creative strategists across the region to contribute sustainable solutions to homelessness.
GOT AN INNOVATIVE IDEA ON HOW TO BUILD HOUSING FASTER & CHEAPER?
Call for innovative ideas from nonprofit and for-profit organizations to support faster and cheaper development of supportive housing. The Housing Innovation Challenge will make multiple $500,000 or $1 million awards for proposals aimed at delivering promising results for the County’s most vulnerable residents through faster, cost-effective construction, rehabilitation and creative finance models. Projects must result in the production of permanent housing for homeless families or individuals in LA County.
HAVE A BOLD IDEA ON HOW TO IMPROVE HOMELESS SERVICES?
The LA Homelessness Challenge is a partnership between United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Watt Family Foundation, with administration from the Home For Good Funders Collaborative. Now in its sixth year, the Funders Collaborative has coordinated investments from leading private and public funders to spark ideas, concepts, and systems that have gone on to become local and national standards. The competition aims to deliver a pipeline of service delivery solutions that can easily expand with more support. Two awards of $200,000 will be provided.
ARE YOU A HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDER OR DEVELOPER IN LA COUNTY
EXPERIENCING RAPID GROWTH?
KEEP READING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AN EXCITING FUNDING OPPORTUNITY!
The Capacity Building Request for Proposals (RFP) supported by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and United Way’s Home For Good Funders Collaborative (Funders Collaborative) has entered an exciting new phase! Through this RFP, non-profit homeless service providers and developers in Los Angeles County can apply for funding to strengthen their operational infrastructure and internal processes. The overall goal of capacity building is to help organizations enhance the quality of service delivery to unhoused individuals in the community and progress towards achieving their mission.
Organizations may apply for either Assessment or Implementation & One-Time Infrastructure depending on the unique needs and goals of the organization. Please see the Find Your Fit chart and the Capacity Building Information Packet to help you figure out where to get started with this capacity building opportunity!
SO WHAT ARE THE NEW UPDATES?
United Way’s Home For Good team is playing a leading role in partnership with LAHSA to help coordinate and maximize the investment of public and private funding. We will continue to accept the original application through the end of September as we get the word out about the new application process. If you have not already applied, we strongly encourage you to look at the updated applications below.
WHAT IS CAPACITY BUILDING?
Capacity building is a term used to describe enhancing organizational effectiveness by strengthening internal processes and operational infrastructure. This includes all of the departments that help an organization function on a day-to-day basis, such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Development, etc.
WHERE DO I GET STARTED?
Review the Find Your Fit chart and Capacity Building Information Packet to find the best place to get started! The capacity building team at LAHSA is happy to help answer any questions your organization may have about where to get started or how to apply. Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I APPLY?
After determining the best starting point, complete the appropriate application by clicking on the links below!
The Home For Good Funders Collaborative has been a pivotal philanthropic force in our community’s progress to secure sufficient resources to end homelessness. This initiative of more than 30 public and private funders has been strategic and early supporters of systems change and testing solutions to bring to scale. Collectively, the members of the Funders Collaborative have committed over $33.5M in philanthropic investment, which has leveraged over $1BM in public resources. By pairing catalytic, innovative funding available through private philanthropy with more restrictive, yet larger and more sustainable public resources, our community has been able to unlock essential housing opportunities for those who need them most.