Cosponsored with Neighborhood Funders Group, The California Endowment, Colorado Health Foundation, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, New York State Health Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, and Shelterforce.
Housing is one of the best-researched social determinants of health, and housing interventions for low-income and communities of color have been found to improve health outcomes, as well as prevent homelessness. Across the country, community residents and institutions are collaborating, organizing, and passing policies to protect renters and preserve and expand affordable housing. Yet, from rural to urban, and from hot to cool markets, low-income individuals and families continue to struggle.
What role are health funders playing in strengthening the voice, influence, and power of low-income residents and communities of color at the local, regional, and state levels? How are health funders engaged with community members and advocates to create investment strategies designed to build capacity for coalition work, advocacy, organizing, and community power, positioning these communities to engage at a policy and systems change level for sustained impact?
Join us for this strategy session designed to continue conversations initiated at the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) session “Catalyzing a Movement for Health and Housing” at Grantmakers In Health’s 2019 annual conference in Seattle, where nearly 90 funders attended a panel discussion on how philanthropy can invest in community housing solutions.