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Crew shoots video for ending Veteran homelessness

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Gulf Coast program uses a combination of cohesiveness, strong partnerships and open communication within the community of care, along with Supportive Services for Veterans and Families.

The piece, shot by Friendly Films, was for Community Solutions/Built for Zero, Quicken Loans and the History Channel.

In the time that housing was found for 180 people, 384 more have ended up on the streets. Picture: Tait Schmaal

Latest data shows extent of homelessness in Adelaide

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

At least 180 people sleeping rough around Adelaide have found housing in the past 14 months, but more than 380 have become homeless over the same period.

The latest data will be revealed at a homelessness conference hosted by the Don Dunstan Foundation on Wednesday.

Foundation executive director David Pearson said the number of rough sleepers was tracked each month as part of the Adelaide Zero project and had reached 226 on any given night.

Ken Bennett spent about an hour on July 25 touring the Swift Factory property, which is being converted into a food business hub that will be geared toward creating jobs and opportunities for neighborhood residents. (Rebecca Lurye / Hartford Courant)

Northeast Hartford getting its first look at the Swift Factory’s future as a food business, health hub

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Residents are hoping for something nearly as improbable — for the food business hub to breathe life back into their economically depressed neighborhood, home to few businesses beyond convenience and package stores and take-out restaurants.

“We’re doing this in a neighborhood whose history is disinvestment, lack of access to resources,” said John Thomas, engagement coordinator for Community Solutions. “We see that this is an opportunity to recreate the economic engine that the factories of Hartford once served as in the neighborhoods.”

A man rides a bicycle as another walks during the Car and Motorcycle Free Day in Medellin, Colombia, on April 23, 2019. (JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The Case for Bold Action in Cities

Monday, July 29, 2019

Because cities are the most trusted unit of government they have more latitude to push the boundaries and engage in the experimentation necessary to achieve breakthrough innovations.

And we're seeing evidence of this across the world, where more and more cities are innovating with intention to solve their biggest problems, which have previously been viewed as intractable. Take for example the challenge of homelessness, which is affecting cities across the world. With support from the Built for Zero program, three cities across the U.S. have ended homelessness through the application of proven strategies and real-time data.

First Baptist Church of Fannin and Super Summer Serving mission groups help the Jackson Resource Center demolish a building in south Jackson to turn into a homeless resource center to help them get back on their feet. Photo by Putalamus White

Collaboration Key to Ending Homelessness in Mississippi?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In 2015, the City of Gulfport managed to get veteran homelessness to functional zero, which is the threshold demonstrating that veteran or chronic homelessness has ended. Mary Simons, executive director of the Open Door Homeless Coalition, said her group achieved this by partnering with Community Solutions' Built for Zero.

Niagara’s homelessness director, Cathy Cousins, from left, Regional Chair Jim Bradley & program analyst Lisa Bell discuss Niagara’s inclusion in the Built For Zero Canada collaborative, helping Niagara deal with chronic homelessness. Allan Benner, Torstar

Niagara joins national initiative to end chronic homelessness

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Niagara Region has been accepted as part of a national initiative working to end chronic homelessness.

Built for Zero Canada — a Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness initiative based on a successful U.S. program — announced Tuesday that Niagara has been accepted to be part of the collaborative.

"Our goal is to ultimately end homelessness. And that's a lofty goal, but a goal that we should be working toward," said Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley while announcing Niagara's inclusion in the program.

County council briefs: County housing stability manager receives Municipal Champion Award

Thursday, July 18, 2019

“Lori has worked with community partners in our community to transform the local homeless-serving system in our community, moving from a silo approach to one of collaboration and a ‘no wrong door’ system, resulting in an overall reduction of chronic homelessness of 24 per cent,” Pettipiere stated.

Guelph-Wellington has reported 136 chronically homeless people as of March, which is a significant reduction from the 178 reported last September, the report notes.

Moving in a veteran at Victory Place in Phoenix
Submitted by Kristin Kellogg on

The team working to end veteran homelessness in Phoenix has a lot of ground to cover. Sprawling Maricopa County includes the city of Phoenix and spans 9,224 square miles, making it bigger than four states, by area. It’s comprised of 24 municipalities, several Native American nations, and is among the fastest growing counties in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Shot for Heroes at Rocket Mortgage Classic
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From June 25 to 30, thousands of golf fans in Detroit took their chance at a scoring a coveted hole-in-one at the interactive “Shot for Heroes” experience at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. For each attempted shot, Quicken Loans generously donated to Built for Zero - $25 for a fan taking a swing, $100 for landing a ball in the “O” within 13 feet of the pin, and $2,500 donated to Community Solutions and $2,500 to the fan who hits a hole-in-one. Even PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler joined guests and fans and took on the challenge at the event.