Local Philanthropic Group Announces Third Year of Funding to Support Efforts to End Homelessness in San Diego

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Michelle Slingerland
(858) 875-3331

San Diego, CA (July 19, 2016)—A group of philanthropists that combines and aligns their resources to help San Diego’s homeless has announced it will allocate $445,000 this year and is hiring a Director to oversee its work.

Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEH-SD) is part of a national network of grantmakers working to end and prevent homelessness. Now in its third year of collaborative funding, the group will support projects that address family and youth homelessness and create long-term improvements to policies and programs dealing with homelessness in addition to supporting the community’s ongoing efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness.

“On any given night, there are nearly 8,700 homeless people in San Diego County,” said Nancy Sasaki, FTEH-SD Chair and Executive Director of Alliance Healthcare Foundation. “We must move to evidence-based best practices in preventing and eliminating homelessness in order to achieve any significant reduction in this number and lessen its impacts on communities.”

Those practices include rapid re-housing, enhanced data collection, coordination throughout the county and with non-HUD funded agencies, and education and training. The group is additionally seeking out projects that help alleviate family and youth homelessness specifically. Requests for proposals will be posted to the FTEH-SD website and Facebook and Twitter accounts periodically through June 2017.

In the past two years, FTEH-SD has invested more than $1.3 million to align with public funds in our region. This provided critical staff and legal support for the recently established Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, and seeded and expanded the region’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement system.

FTEH-SD's efforts join with other significant initiatives in our region, including the City of San Diego and San Diego Housing Commission's Housing Our Heroes to end homelessness for 1,000 veterans; the County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Service's One for All to help homeless individuals with mental health issues; and a multi-stakeholder commitment to improving our regional structure to end homelessness that was heralded by an "Opening Doors" event in February.

FTEH-SD commends all of these efforts and its leaders for actively working on finding solutions to the issue of homelessness. The group welcomes additional funders interested in combining and aligning resources with their efforts and in concert with these broader efforts. For more information, visit http://www.funderstogethersd.org/.

FTEH-SD is facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers (SDG), a 501(c)3 association for organizations and individuals that give strategically and significantly to multiple nonprofits each year. SDG’s membership includes 115 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, public charities, government funders, philanthropy advisors, and individual donors. By providing opportunities for learning, collaboration, and advocacy, SDG increases the impact of its members’ charitable giving and the ultimate benefits to society.