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How Field Catalysts Galvanize Social Change

Friday, October 13, 2017
When looking across the major social-change efforts of our time, the parabola of success sometimes arcs suddenly and steeply. Take, for example, the precipitous breakthrough in the global effort to eliminate malaria. Beginning in 1980, malaria’s worldwide death toll rose at a remorseless 3 percent annual rate. In 2004 alone, the pandemic claimed more than 1.8 million lives.
Leslie Wise at Built for Zero Learning Session
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What’s your history? How did you end up at Community Solutions?
 
I started my career as a social worker in Columbus, OH before making my way to Los Angeles to help further develop the supportive housing industry for people experiencing homelessness.
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As an organization and as a group of people working together, and with communities, to create a more just society, the violence and hate on display in Charlottesville and other cities in recent weeks goes to the heart of our work and what we are fighting for at Community Solutions. We stand against this violence and the groups, beliefs and mythologies that are motivating it.

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Of course, we’re kidding (or are we…?), but it is true that a real-time, comprehensive, by-name list of everyone experiencing homelessness in a community is the essential first step to getting everyone housed.

Four Principles that Can End Chronic Homelessness

Thursday, June 1, 2017
It didn’t ship homeless people out or lock them up. Bergen County embraced a national approach that puts the onus on communities to house their most vulnerable residents.
 
Bergen County, across the Hudson River from New York City, is the first community in the U.S. to end chronic homelessness. Its success is confirmed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S.

Urban Centers are Contested Territory in Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Veteran homelessness in D.C. is lower than it has ever been in the past decade. However — limited by space, housing affordability and benefit programs that draw more veterans to the region — the District has not been able to join the neighboring state of Virginia or Montgomery County, Maryland in sustaining “functional zero” for homeless vets.
 
The amount of veteran homelessness in D.C. has nearly halved from 667 people in 2008 to 350 people in 2016, based on annual Point-in-Time counts compiled by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Breaking Down Barriers in Brownsville

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Mary Tobin can barely contain her excitement about the progress Brownsville is making.
 
Tobin is the director of The Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of Community Solutions to address employment, safety, and neighborhood conditions. She knows the challenges the community faces, and the stats on high poverty, low graduation rates, and other issues that, she says, keep her up at night.

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