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Historic Challenges –Historic Change: Striving Toward Transformative Solutions

Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am

Through unprecedented turbulence and great change comes tremendous opportunity. Join Funders Together to End Homelessness for a conversation about two initiatives that have the ability to transform how Los Angeles and California address crisis and systemic inequities in our communities.

Measure J was a historic ballot measure passed by Los Angeles County voters on November 3rd that amended the Los Angeles County Charter to require at least 10% of locally controlled revenue (about a billion dollars) to be invested into local communities and alternatives to incarceration. Healthcare, housing, jobs, youth programs, and alternatives to incarceration are ultimately what create real public safety and thriving communities. However, over the years LA County has seen unrestricted funds to the judicial system, jails and law enforcement grow massively as low-income, primarily Black and Brown communities go underinvested. Measure J served as a mandate from voters to elected officials: We need to reprioritize our budgets and taxpayer dollars to serve the needs of our communities in ways that align with our values of racial and economic equity and justice.

AB 71 (Bring CA Home) establishes a permanent source of funding and a collaborative statewide strategy for solving homelessness. It is a fundamental remaining of how California fights our homelessness epidemic, centralizing state programs, demanding measurable results, and establishing a permanent, ongoing source of funding to support housing and services across the state. It contains strict accountability measures -- such as rewarding local governments who are hitting aggressive goals, enacting regular public reporting, and strengthening data collection at the local level -- so the resources are being spent wisely. AB 71 also creates new innovative programs to eliminate racial bias, ensure youth and survivors of domestic violence have access to better care and enhance coordination and collaboration between the state and local governments and among state and local agencies.

Panelists will also offer insight into the shifting political landscape and the opportunities and challenges presented within the current political environment. 

 

Speakers

Ivette Alé 

Senior Policy Lead, Dignity and Power Now

Co-founder, La Defensa

Ivette Alé is a queer Latinx grassroots organizer and advocate leading campaigns to reform the criminal legal system in California. Their history growing up in Southern California as an undocumented person and as the child of an incarcerated person, has informed their activism throughout their career. As the Campaign Coordinator for JusticeLA, Ivette led the coalition to historic victories, including ending LA County’s $3.5 billion jail expansion plan in 2019, the adoption of Los Angeles County's groundbreaking Alternatives to Incarceration roadmap and the passing of Measure J in 2020. They serve as Senior Policy Lead for Dignity and Power Now and Co-Founder of La Defensa. Ivette also serves as an LA County Commissioner on the Gender Responsive Advisory Committee and the Public Safety Realignment Team. Ivette is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and a UCLA Law Fellow.

Marlon Derek Pryor

CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador

The Center in Hollywood

Marlon Derek Pryor is a CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador with The Center in Hollywood. Mr. Pryor communicates his time spent in homelessness to promote equity and social change, as well as safe, adequate, and affordable housing for all.  He has been a leading voice on Assembly Bill 71 and looks forward to all opportunities to share his experience, strength, and hope on the matter.

Sharon L. Rapport

Director, California State Policy

As the Director for California Policy at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Sharon Rapport advances a California policy agenda across multiple issues affecting people experiencing homelessness. Ms. Rapport has been instrumental in passing CSH-sponsored legislation, including legislation to create a Medicaid benefit for housing-based services (the Health Homes Program), a streamlined process for building supportive housing, a program to fund housing and services for homeless child-welfare-involved families (Bringing Families Home), a ballot initiative to repurpose existing bonds to create thousands of apartments affordable to veterans experiencing homelessness or poverty (the Veterans Housing & Homelessness Prevention program), and a program providing grants to counties to fund rental assistance for chronically homeless Medi-Cal beneficiaries (Housing for a Healthy California). Ms. Rapport has not only collaborated with agencies and stakeholders to implement new programs, she has provided technical assistance to the Department of Health Care Services in proposing funding for housing and services for California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, facilitating the creation of the Whole Person Care pilot, and to the Department of Housing & Community Development to implement a $2 billion housing bond (No Place Like Home). She has been appointed to multiple decision-making bodies, including an appointment to Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, the CalAIM Medi-Cal work group on enhanced care management and in lieu of services, the Executive Steering Committee for the Adult Reentry Grant, and an 1115 Medicaid Waiver Stakeholder Committee. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Rapport worked as a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), focusing on housing and judiciary issues, and previously managed a large legal office as a Hearing Office Director for the Office of Hearings & Appeals (SSA).

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Next Steps and Implementation: An Update on the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness 2018 Report

Friday, October 30, 2020
10:00am - 11:15am

Join the Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) – Los Angeles network and Southern California Grantmakers for an informative presentation led by Jacqueline Waggoner, VP and Southern California Market Leader – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Dr. Va Lecia Adams- Kellum, Executive Director – St. Joseph’s Center; Reba Stevens – (TITLE).

Nearly two years ago, the groundbreaking Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness Report was released with more than 65 recommendations for the County. Waggoner, Adams-Kellum, and Stevens will share what work has taken place, the latest in next steps towards implementation, and how philanthropy may get involved to continue to advance equity and eliminate racial disparities impacting Black people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County.

About Funders Together to End Homelessness: FTEH is a diverse network of over 230 philanthropic organizations dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, members are engaged in many grantmaking activities, ranging from homelessness to related areas like housing, health care, education, workforce development, child welfare, domestic violence, and food security. The Los Angeles Chapter has planned an event.

 

Speakers

Jacqueline Waggoner

Enterprise Community Partners, President of Solutions

Jacqueline Waggoner is President of Solutions, for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She leads a team of over 300 talented Enterprisers across the country, driving Enterprise’s programmatic, policy and advisory work in alignment with our strategic priorities: Increase Housing Supply, Advance Racial Equity, and Build Upward Mobility and Resilience.

Prior to her promotion to president in October 2020, Jacqueline was vice president and Southern California market leader. She led Enterprise’s affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs serving the state’s Central Coast to San Diego, with particular focus to the Los Angeles region.

Jacqueline started with Enterprise in 2005. During her tenure, she has deployed capital, intellectual resources and capacity building tools to achieve Enterprise’s strategic and production goals, leading to more than $1.3 billion in Enterprise investments locally. With her experience in commercial real estate lending spanning more than 24 years, she has worked with the city of Los Angeles, banks and nonprofit developer partners to create local funds for affordable housing, advocate for low-income families and advance Enterprise’s vision of providing affordable homes in vibrant communities.

She serves vice chair on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission, the agency’s governing board, and was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. She serves as chair of LAHSA's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, which produced a ground-breaking report with 67 recommendations to advance equity and eliminate disparities. Jacqueline is a board member for the Los Angeles Business Council, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc., and the board of governors for the California Housing Consortium. Jacqueline additionally serves on the steering committees for LA Thrives, a collaborative advancing equitable transit-oriented development, LA Funders' Collaborative, a network promoting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, and the Committee for a Greater LA, a diverse group of civic and community leaders focused on a just pandemic recovery plan.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Jacqueline was vice president of Wells Fargo’s Community Banking Real Estate Group. A Los Angeles native, she has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens

Advocate and Person with Lived Experience

A Los Angeles native, Jacqueline has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens is dedicated to using her real-life experience to advocate for community members who are experiencing homelessness, criminal justice involved, impacted by substance abuse as well as for residents who need or utilize mental health services in Los Angeles County.

She is powerfully committed to ensuring systems are responsive and accessible to those who need them the most.

Prior to being diagnosed with mental illness and beginning her personal road to recovery, Ms. Stevens lived on and off the streets of Los Angeles for 21 years. She recalls the many fears and trauma associated with being homeless; overwhelming, depression, stress, anxiety, feelings of shame, remorse and incomprehensible demoralization. Her understanding of the homeless, health/mental health systems in L.A. County, together with her experience and deep knowledge and empathy for those who are experiencing homelessness, deeply inform her unwavering conviction that solutions must be based on an individual’s needs and experiences. Ms. Stevens pursues these solutions relentlessly.

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum

President & CEO, St. Joseph Center

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum joined St. Joseph Center in 2008. During her tenure, St. Joseph Center has tripled its staff, expanded its range of services, and broadened its geographic reach to encompass all of LA County, with major service centers on the Westside, in South Los Angeles, and in Downtown LA.

Under Dr. Adams Kellum’s leadership, St. Joseph Center consistently applies best practices to serve new populations and new areas through significant collaboration with governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners. The Center is a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. Since the inception of LA County’s Coordinated Entry System, St. Joseph Center has served as the lead agency for both Individuals and Families on LA’s Westside.

Dr. Adams Kellum serves on the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee, a role she was appointed to by Governor Jerry Brown and is continuing in under Governor Gavin Newsom. She served as an appointed member on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, and is the former Chair of the Westside Coalition and represented the Westside on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Coordinating Council for many years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Tarzana Treatment Center, located in the San Fernando Valley, Abode Communities, based in Downtown LA, and Housing California, based in Sacramento.

 

Moderator

Kameron Green

Director, Professional Learning and Communities

As Director, Professional Learning and Communities, Kameron plays a significant leadership role in developing and implementing SCG’s Professional Learning strategy and programs for members. This includes managing the day-to-day operations of SCG’s Professional Development portfolio, Family Philanthropy offerings, and relationships with peer and affinity groups. Kameron is also responsible for ensuring high quality professional learning experiences are made available to enable SCG members to continually increase their knowledge, skills, competencies, career development and networks.

Kameron is a member of The Prytanean Women's Honor Society, the Alliance for Women in Media, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP), a leading non-profit organization committed to advancing systemic change to benefit low-income communities through collaborations. Kameron graduated from The University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Communications.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Project Homekey: California’s Newest Plan to Address Homelessness

Friday, September 25, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am

The State of California recently launched Project Homekey as the State’s next phase of response to protect Californians experiencing homeless from COVID-19. This effort leverages $600 million in CARES Act funding to support counties in acquiring and renovating properties to convert them into service-enriched housing units. As a part of this effort, the State joined with private partners to establish a Services Subsidy Fund that is providing funding to support operating costs for services and wraparound service supports for new state-acquired housing units. Join us to learn more about the Project Homekey initiative and its progress to-date, hear learnings from key partners, and what roles philanthropy can play to support Project Homekey and other projects that are in the pipeline.

 

Speakers

Speaker bios coming soon.

 

Presented in partnership with:


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online.
NCG & SDG members: Register online. 
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Impact Investing: An Impact Investing Journey to address California’s Housing Crisis

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
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Webinar

More than half of all people experiencing unsheltered homelessness (108,000 individuals) in our country live in California.

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Ventura County Funders Forum – United Way’s Homeless Initiative

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: 
United Way of Ventura County

Ventura County’s most vulnerable individuals, families, and veterans need access to housing in a competitive rental market.

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