Funded Projects

The collaborative has awarded over $5 million to five 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 over the next three years. This first set of grantees include:

  • Partnership for Children & Youth will provide training, coaching and capacity-building work 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. California and Washington.

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition will lead a campaign, together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Health Watch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, that 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. National.

  • National Housing Trust and Enterprise Community Partners will lead a community development coalition that raises the voices of residents regarding housing concerns and connects them to elected representatives and to health, education and energy campaigns in their communities. Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project will build the power and capacity of state and local partners 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. National, with focus on resident engagement in California and Washington.

  • The Alliance for Housing Justice is a partnership among the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Policy Link, Poverty and Race Research and Action Center, Public Advocates, and Right to the City to align grassroots housing organizing groups and networks, amplify the voices of those most impacted by the housing crisis, and connect local and national efforts toward policy reforms addressing the housing crisis facing low- and very-low-income people.

Leadership Team

    • Susan Thomas
    • Susan Thomas

      Melville Charitable Trust

    • Allison Clark
    • Allison Clark

      John A. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    • Dana Bourland
    • Dana Bourland

      JPB Foundation
      Executive Committee Member

    • Fred Karnas
    • Fred Karnas

      The Kresge 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.

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

  • 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 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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