Funded Projects

The collaborative has awarded over $8.5 million to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of addressing housing insecurity and its impacts. Subsequent grants will be issued through invitation or a formal RFP processes. Current grantees include:

  • Community Change’s Advancing Housing Justice project is building the power and capacity of state and local partners, statewide organizing networks, and resident leaders to increase state and local revenue for affordable housing, scale and expand resident leadership, and strengthen a national housing movement for policies that address the unmet housing needs of people at the lowest incomes.

  • The Alliance for Housing Justice is a national initiative launched through the partnership of five organizations with a unique combination of legal, policy and grassroots organizing expertise (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Poverty & Race Research and Action Council, PolicyLink, Public Advocates, and Right to the City). The collaborative was formed to address the nation’s affordableh ousing and displacement crises, advance the rights of tenants, respond to harmful public policy actions, and shift the narrative from housing as a commodity to a human right.

  • The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities’ Housing Is Initiative is building the emerging evidence base that investments in housing and cross-sector partnerships transform systems to improve people’s lives. Drawing on the expertise of each sector, CLPHA seeks to foster insight and collaboration not just at the intersection of housing and education or housing and health separately, but also at the nexus of all three sectors.

  • Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is working to implement New Orlean's Affirmatively Further Fair Housing plan by combating the displacement of black and Latinx renters throughout the city, and working to ensure that the City meets its goals to address and remediate residential segregation. In post-Katrina New Orleans,low-income renters of color are often displaced to high-poverty neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city where they end up in homes with deferred maintenance, substandard conditions, limited access to opportunity, andthat are more prone to flooding due to climate change. GNOFHAC combats this displacement -and furthers its mission to end housing segregation -through coalition-building and supporting organizing efforts designed toincrease public awareness, engagement, and accountability.

  • Mobility Works is a technical assistance consortium working to disseminate best practices, provide hands-on technical assistance to public housing agencies developing housing mobility programs, and advocate for Housing Choice Voucher program reforms at the federal, state and local level. The consortium is comprised of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, Housing Choice Partners (Chicago), the Inclusive Communities Project (Dallas), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • The National Fair Housing Alliance is working with other national civil rights organizations to protect Disparate Impact under the Fair Housing Act, a vital legal and regulatory tool that underpins efforts to create more equitable communities and prevent housing and lending discrimination against people of color, women, families with children, people with disabilities and others.

  • The Near North Side Coalition is bringing together small and emerging businesses and nonprofit organizations into a central hub that will allow them to create, grow and exchange their ideas to address a wide breadth of health-related community challenges (e.g., food and nutrition, active living, green building, child-wellbeing, safety, etc.) while increasing human and financial capital in the near North Side of St. Louis.

  • The National Low IncomeHousing Coalition is leading the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Health Watch, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. This effort advances affordable housing solutions for the lowest income people, galvanizing housers, educators, health professionals, civil rights and anti-poverty advocates, the faith-based community, and others.

  • Partnership for Children & Youth is providing training, coaching and capacity-building assistance to housing developments, with the aim of increasing the expanded learning program quality through gains in student health and wellness, academic achievement and family economic and housing stability.

  • Prosperity’s Front Door is building new champions and driving accountability around the critical goal of ensuring everyone has a place to live by incorporating untapped voices and perspectives that will give authentic voice, energy and persistence to implement the recommendations of the Minnesota Housing Task Force. In particular, FHO support enables the establishment a community of leaders who center health in housing and work to increase tenant protections and eviction prevention.

  • The Richmond Regional Housing Framework is engaging in efforts to overcome inequities in housing quality and opportunityin Richmond, VA. FHO supports their efforts to build more inclusive neighborhoods by engaging in targeted messaging that promotes the benefits of affordable housing and by supporting strategies that address the spectrum of housing needs with a specific focus on long neglected communities disparately impacted by discriminatory policies and practices.

  • The Welcome Home Coalition is boosting its outreach capacity in the Portland metro region to better organize people impacted by the housing crisis to advocate for themselves and ensure that local policies, including the implementation of a recently-passed $653 million affordable housing bond, are responsive to the needs of those with very low incomes and historically displaced communities.

  • Enterprise Community Partners and the National Housing Trust have partnered to create Where Will We Live?, an advocacy campaign that highlights the importance of affordable housing by uplifting resident voices and drawing the connection between access to affordable housing and health, education and economic opportunity.

Leadership Team

    • David Fukuzawa
    • David Fukuzawa

      David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation

    • Dana Bourland
    • Dana Bourland

      JPB Foundation
      Vice Chair

    • Susan Thomas
    • Susan Thomas

      Melville Charitable Trust
      Executive Committee Member

    • Allison Clark
    • Allison Clark

      John A. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
      Executive Committee Member

    • Charles Rutheiser
    • Charles Rutheiser

      Annie E. Casey Foundation
      Executive Committee Member

    • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie

      Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie

      Project Director

    • Jeanne brings over two decades of experience working in the affordable housing and community development sector. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of NeighborWorks America’s national initiatives division, guiding programming and grant making in the areas of real estate development, asset management, green and healthy housing, homeownership, mortgage and commercial lending, foreclosure mitigation, community stabilization, and resident engagement.   Previously, Jeanne worked at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and she managed the Make It Your Own National Women’s Homeownership Campaign at McAuley Institute. Jeanne completed her undergraduate work at Seattle University, was an Applied Community and Economic Development fellow at Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center, and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Boston, MA and Washington, DC.

    • Jennifer Angarita

      Jennifer Angarita

      Senior Program Officer

    • Jennifer brings a decade of experience in community organizing, community development, labor, and philanthropy to Funders for Housing and Opportunity. Prior to joining FHO, she served as a Loan Fund Officer for BlueHub Capital, a national nonprofit Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) where she led strategic initiatives and managed a diverse portfolio of social impact loans. Previously, she was the National Worker Center Coordinator at the AFL-CIO, where she worked to develop and deepen strategic partnerships between worker centers and organized labor. Her diverse social sector experience includes research and consulting engagements with the City of Cambridge, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Peace First. She has served as an Opportunity Finance Fellow, a New Leaders Council Fellow, and a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. Currently, she serves on the board of The Philanthropy Connection. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    • Anna Viola-Goodman

      Anna Viola-Goodman

      Executive Assistant

    • Anna Viola-Goodman joined Funders for Housing and Opportunity in 2019 and serves as Executive Assistant. She has 10 years of experience providing high-level support to executive leadership and management, with a specialty in supporting organizations addressing homelessness and housing opportunity. Her expertise includes office administration, sales support, web redesign and client relationship management for a range of industries including finance, medicine and software. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the International Academy of Management and Economics.

Steering Committee

Members of the FHO Steering Committee have come together because we believe that stable, affordable housing helps lead to improved opportunities and outcomes, especially for low-income populations. Whether a member’s core mission is education, health, workforce development, equity, homelessness, children, older adults, anti-poverty, social justice, or the environment, housing stability is fundamental to the ability of these Members to achieve their respective missions.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at

  • Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. For more information, visit

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and fighting hunger and poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit

  • The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit

  • The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. More information can be found at

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available at

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the 50 largest private charitable foundations in the United States, is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty. The Foundation provides approximately $125 million annually in grants to nonprofits, primarily in the US and Israel, which provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Grants support organizations that serve a range of populations, including older adults, women and children at risk, people with disabilities, and veterans, as well as the Jewish community. For more information, please visit

  • The JPB Foundation advances opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research. For more information, please visit

  • The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at

  • The Melville Charitable Trust is the largest foundation in the U.S. exclusively devoted to ending homelessness. We invest in proven, lasting, and cost-effective solutions that enable people who have experienced homelessness to reclaim their lives. For more information, please visit

  • Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organizations in approximately 40 countries worldwide. More information can be found at

  • For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

  • Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish that seeks to serve and heal the world by building neighborhoods, generations of faithful leaders, and sustainable communities in New York City and around the world. We are guided by our core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. For more information, please visit


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