Regional funders network invests in capacity of county task force on the homeless to accelerate systems change

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Regional funders network invests in capacity of county task force on the homeless to accelerate systems change

San Diego, CA (Oct. 17, 2017) – Funders Together To End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) have committed $425,000 over two years to help build the immediate capacity of the Regional Task Force On The Homelessness (RTFH), which has resulted in the immediate hiring of national homelessness expert Tamera Kohler as the agency’s new Chief Operating Officer.

The funding, which will see $250,000 invested in the first year to support the hire of Ms. Kohler and a new Development Director, will be bolstered by a further $175,000 if the RTFH meets certain performance indicators.

Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, Amy Denhart, was thrilled to see local funders step up and provide a direct investment to fixing the problem of homelessness in a focused and sustainable way. “We are in the midst of a homelessness crisis in which many efforts to tackle the problem have been largely performed in silos. At this point, service providers are working toward a coordinated effort to be successful and this investment in RTFH is all about continuing to build a crisis response system for a collective approach to ending homelessness throughout the region.

“We believe in the direction of RTFH, the new CEO Gordon Walker, and the ability of the agency to become the backbone organization on homelessness for the entire county,” Ms. Denhart said.

The Regional Task Force yesterday announced that Seattle’s former division director of homeless strategy and investment, Tamera Kohler, will fill the position of COO. Ms. Kohler has 18 years of homeless, non-profit and lending experience, including the last 6 years helping lead nationally-noted homelessness reduction programs.

FTEH San Diego is a regional collaboration of funders and foundations facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers, which combine and align resources to actively end homelessness in the county. FTEHSD’s long-term strategy is focused on permanent housing and is committed to solving homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration, alignment and focus of resources; and effective promotion and replication of evidence-based practices in our community.

FTEHSD Chair Nancy Sasaki noted, “This is an important step forward in building local expertise and infrastructure in a deliberate and measurable way. Local funders want to invest in a region-wide strategy to achieve coordinated systems change so that every time one of our neighbors experiences homelessness, they immediately have access to the service providers and support that make that experience rare, brief and one time.” Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego is pleased that this grant to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless takes us closer to that goal.

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Media Contacts: Amy Denhart | (858) 875-3331 | [email protected]

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Funders Together To End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) is a regional collaboration of grantmakers that combine and align resources to actively end homelessness in the county. FETHSD's is focused on promoting an effective and efficient system of housing and service, and through the expansion of philanthropic engagement in the systems change work needed to end homelessness in San Diego County.

San Diego Grantmakers is a 501(c)3 membership association of organizations and individuals that give strategically and significantly to multiple nonprofits each year. To date, SDG's membership includes more than 110 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities and government funders. SDG enhances the good work of its grantmaking members by providing opportunities for networking and collaboration, education, and advocacy.

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