Special Issue Areas

The Foundation has identified two issue areas of special focus: 1) Housing for homeless and low-income individuals, and 2) Immigrant integration. Both issue areas are strongly aligned with the Foundation’s equity commitment given the significant barriers to fairness, opportunity and inclusion faced by homeless individuals and immigrant and refugee populations. These are long-time areas of priority for the Foundation, and our continued focus will build upon our significant investments to strengthen key organizations working on these issues.

We remain open to funding opportunities in these two areas that are aligned with the strategies below. Funding will be provided either through the Unrestricted Operating Support program, the Special Opportunity Fund, or the Program Related Investment Fund, depending on the nature of the request. Organizations interested in submitting requests are encouraged to seek the guidance of our program staff prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.

Housing for Homeless and Low-Income Individuals

The Foundation’s goal here is to support effective strategies that will prevent and combat homelessness in Southern California, and to increase the production of affordable housing for low-income individuals.

Our strategies are:

  • Continue to support the Home for Good Funders Collaborative in Los Angeles County to provide: comprehensive support services for homeless individuals placed in permanent housing; technology infrastructure enhancements, improved coordination and integration, and regional shared services and staffing for the Coordinated Entry System; and capacity building for nonprofit housing developers to increase their housing production.
  • With the passage of Proposition HHH and Measure H, provide support for community engagement and education efforts to garner the public support that leads to the successful approval and siting of future permanent supportive housing developments for the homeless in the City and County of Los Angeles. 
  • Continue support to increase production of permanent supportive housing and affordable housing for homeless and low-income individuals.

Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Integration

We seek to support and strengthen nonprofits, networks, collaboratives and coalitions addressing the needs of diverse immigrant and refugee communities across Southern California—including the Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, AMEMSA (Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian) and African communities.

In the context of changing federal policies, the Foundation will focus on supporting a wide range of strategies including immigrant and refugee integration, community empowerment, legal defense and communication activities centered on those most vulnerable.

Our strategies are:

  • Strengthen the infrastructure of the immigrant rights sector.
  • Continue to support organizations, networks, coalitions and collaboratives focused on a broad range of activities including:
    • Community organizing, base-building and cross-sector movement building;
    • Legal services and direct representation;
    • Policy advocacy;
    • Detention and deportation support, including rapid response;
    • Know your rights education;
    • Workers’ rights support;
    • Citizenship and naturalization services;
    • Mental health services;
    • Work to counter hate, bias, bigotry and racism against immigrants and refugees;
    • Communications work in support of rapid response, community education and empowerment, and policy advocacy;
    • Advocacy and outreach planning/coordination to prepare for the 2020 Census in reaching immigrant communities.
  • Monitoring and stewardship of the Foundation’s existing $1 million grant to the LA Justice Fund, a private/public partnership which provides access to legal representation and counsel to individuals and families facing deportation in Los Angeles County.
  • Monitoring and stewardship of the Foundation’s existing $400,000 grant to the Orange County Opportunity Fund, a pooled fund led by the Orange County Community Foundation supporting immigrant integration activities in Orange County.
  • Monitor our continued support of the Foundation’s Immigrant Integration Initiative in the Inland Region (San Bernardino and Riverside counties).
  • Issue new Requests for Proposals (RFP) for immigrant and refugee rights and integration networks and coalitions serving:  1) Long Beach, 2) the Central Coast, and 3) for workers’ centers throughout Southern California.
  • Monitor rapid response grants made in FY 2017 (totaling $1.75 million).
  • Where appropriate, sponsor nonprofit convenings to support coordination in the sector.
  • Assess opportunities to support the coordination, development and implementation of effective communications strategies, including storytelling.