Cash Transfers as an Emergency Response to Housing Instability

Host Organization: Funders Together to End Homelessness


Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Direct Cash Transfers (DCT) have become more and more a topic of discussion. With unemployment rates increasing, many are uncertain what the future holds both during the crisis and in the recovery period. This uncertainty has brought the intervention of cash transfers to the forefront as a way to quickly help stabilize people during times of emergency. Prior to the pandemic, Point Source Youth and Chapin Hall began a DCT pilot to evaluate the impact of DCT on young people experiencing housing instability. With cash transfers, young people are able to pay for immediate needs that support their stability.

In this webinar, we will be exploring cash transfers as a tool in emergency response, during COVID-19 and in other emergencies. We will discuss how philanthropy is currently supporting this work and what additional opportunities there are to leverage this intervention in communities. Panelists will explore the potential benefits and feasibility of using cash transfers for a multitude of populations, not just as a response to the current pandemic, but as an ongoing emergency response to those experiencing housing instability.


  • Matthew Morton, Ph.D, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Bishop, Jha'asryel-Akquil, Youth Advocate
  • Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Point Source Youth
  • John Kimble, Senior Advisor, New York City Collaborative on Youth and Family Homelessness

Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

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