Annie E. Casey, Conrad N. Hilton, Ford and JPB Foundations Join FHO to Pledge $4.9 Million in New Affordable Housing Initiative
A new charitable initiative wants to help address the nation’s affordable housing crisis, leveraging funding from many of the nation’s biggest foundations to help fill a growing gap.
The Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) will make “catalytic investments in activities that ensure stable housing in thriving communities,” pledging to invest $4.9 million to provide more affordable housing over three years.
The mobilization comes, in part, from recognition from members that federal and local assistance isn’t fully addressing the issue.
“We do expect things to get a lot worse before they get better, based on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., as well as economic trends in major cities,” said Don Chen, director of equitable development for the Ford Foundation, one of the participating foundations. “We hope the number of funders will grow.”
The founding members of the collaborative include The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Melville Charitable Trust, and Oak Foundation.
The first set of grantees include the Center for Community Change, The National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Partnership for Children & Youth, and the National Housing Trust and Enterprise Community Partners...