A Conversation with David Wertheimer from Gates Foundation About Family Homelessness

“If all we’re ever going to do is manage homelessness, we will carry that expense until the end of time” ~ David Wertheimer

The above is a quote that David Wertheimer, Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest Initiative of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said at the end of this video interview. There is so much truth in what David said about about managing homelessness, and it’s so very important, I felt it should be the very first thing in the post.

Being a pioneer in any field can be challenging. My work with Invisible People, using social media to fight homelessness and poverty, is a constant battle to move forward. Occasionally, I get a sign I am headed in the right direction, and maybe the greatest validation of my work was a post last year on the Gates Foundation’s blog: The Power of Pixels: Social Media is helping to shed light on US family homelessness. Well, that was until this last week when David invited me to speak to a small group of people on the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle.

Because every community has a different political structure, resources and challenges, I believe we must fight homelessness at a local level. That said, everything in the nonprofit world revolves around funding. Unless money is attached to system change, any change is rare. My point is, money drives change, and the major funders in fighting homelessness have a unique top-down view of the fight against homelessness and poverty. The very good news is major funders like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Pierce Family Foundation, and others, are facilitating systems change and driving new models to fight homelessness.

I started off this interview by asking david what’s happening in homelessness, both good and bad, as face of homelessness has changed. David explains that the recession was devastating to both families and individuals. He says that homelessness is a lagging indictor of the economy’s recovery. On the good side, David says that people are starting to talk strategically, that the conversation has changed from maintaining homelessness, to actually ending homelessness.

In this video David talks about the needed culture change in homeless services. David also goes on to share how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is leaded the way to change in the Pacific Northwest, with their focus on ending family homelessness. Even if you do not work in homeless services this is a must-watch video.

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  • Fred

    wrote my story and how things could be I wasted my time now I have to prove who I am and email Id etc cant even make a coment its a system that always trips up homeless people i dont get it

  • jack cox

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    The most violent among anarchy, last year MS-13, expanded into 46 nations to become the most powerful street gang in the world, watching the bloods, crips, satans desciples sneak back into their own neighborhoods, or be macheted by the little more than teens whereby the last 2 generations of youth in the white/hispanic/christian nation reacted to obamas-afroamerica-homosexual manifesto he forced on our nation and military, to began hacking up homosexual predators wherever they expose themselves in MS-13 territories.

    The political arena, no longer serve our nation have little more than a few more generations of the rising anarchy of youth, until their criminality and deviant return to sodom is removed from our nation. and with hope the world.

    The 250 world class mafia dynasties who live in secular communites throughout the world, controlling the monetary systems, will soon be removed from their assets and possibly their lives lest they change and revert back to the natural Law of Respect, in a world where all the world is holy land and each child is just as good as another, where the word God an ancient word intended to describe absolute truth was captured by preliterate scribes writing up tales to empower their clans into perputity little more than the blink of an eye to time—But Time changes all things and as the information revolution elevates our magnitudes of literacy, the lies or as some would call transgenic truths are exposed as nothing more than ignorance created by optical resolution of lower scales, we have entered a new age that will no longer live with intolerance and division of humanity into castes, whether its a caste system based on family ties or a caste system based on family ties hidden under the academic caste system, it will not stand the test of time, a realm where only Truth shall pass—Spirituality is very real and we may be indeed led by the great spirit of truth into higher magnitudes of literacy, exponentially growing as time permits, while we are still governed by self serving monsters possessed by the demons of ignorance.

  • Lassie Cox

    Time changes all things