As part of the planning phase for the Partnership, we conducted a community listening tour with nonprofit providers, advocates, funders, and government representatives to identify opportunities for private philanthropy to make a meaningful difference in accelerating our community’s response. Based on what we learned, the Partnership is focused on increasing the availability of philanthropic capital for grants and offering investment options to help finance the development of deeply affordable and supportive housing.
Our Investment Vehicles
The Partnership invests in nonprofits working with individuals, youth and families experiencing homelessness. It provides flexible funding to fill critical gaps, often small expenses, that can create big barriers to obtaining and maintaining stable housing (e.g., costs for transportation to view units, rental application fees, basic household furnishings, moving expenses, etc.). It also supports innovative programs, emerging needs and advocacy efforts focused on strengthening policies that impact housing and homelessness.
August 2019 CLOSED Grant Opportunity
The Partnership to End Homelessness recently released a closed RFP inviting eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to support “flex funding” (client financial assistance) programs. The goal for this first round of grants is to expedite housing placement and stabilization among single adults matched to housing resources through the District’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) System.
The Community Foundation will only accept proposals from invited nonprofits that meet all of the following eligibility requirements: applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization (or a community organization with an appropriate nonprofit fiscal sponsor), located in and serving residents of Washington, DC, in existence for at least three years, serve as a permanent supportive housing provider/service agency with a demonstrated track record serving individuals (18 years and older) experiencing homelessness, enter data into the Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), fill vacancies via the District’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system, and use a Housing First model.
The Partnership strives to raise $10 million in investments to help Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. build and preserve units for hundreds of people across the region. While your charitable giving fund investment earns a fixed return, it will aid in bringing financial resources to assist in the fight to end homelessness and housing insecurity by increasing the production of deeply affordable and supportive housing.