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Built for Zero Tulsa surpasses 1,000 people housed in effort to stymie chronic, veteran homelessness

Friday, April 20, 2018
Pleased to settle into his new home Wednesday, William Gower first wanted nothing more than a refreshing shower.
 
There was no furniture yet to move around on the white-tiled floors of the one-bedroom apartment. But the 37-year-old had bedding materials and a pillow.
 
Most importantly, the space was his own.
 
“It’s been a struggle,” Gower said. “Maybe it’s a new start for me.
La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

Monday, April 9, 2018
After a La Crosse-based collaboration met its goal of rapidly housing 10 homeless families, organizers are setting their sights on helping two new populations. The organization's newest goal is to house all veterans and chronically homeless people in our area. The "La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness" has a lot of local partners, but this time group leaders are teaming up with a national movement. At the beginning of January, the collaborative joined the "Built for Zero Movement" by the organization Community Solutions
Muriel Bowser Addressing Homelessness

Mayors Take the Fight for Affordable Housing to Capitol Hill

Monday, January 29, 2018
By one estimate, the number of homeless people living without shelter grew by 9 percent last year. More than half a million Americans experienced homelessness on a given night in 2017, sheltered or out on the streets. This alarming surge comes at a time when the Trump administration is threatening deep budget cuts for housing assistance.
 
A new coalition launched by Ed Lee, the late mayor of San Francisco, is taking action to address this crisis before it gets any worse.
Richard Swinson
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What’s your history? How did you end up at Community Solutions?
 
I have been involved with and working in the Brownsville community for the past 50 years. I have been a motivator for change and an advocate for youth services, and I have encouraged inclusion in the process to create a dialogue that can help Brownsville residents be a part of solutions here.
 
I retired in 2013 to care for my mother, who passed away in 2014, which left a void in my life.
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Nearly 50,000 veterans continue to experience homelessness in America, but we're committed to solving that problem. As they always do, veterans are leading the way in that work! We're sharing the stories of our team members with military backgrounds and why they've chosen to continue their service here at Community Solutions:


 

Dave Foster Community Solutions
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What’s your history? How did you end up at Community Solutions?
 
I started my career as an infantry officer in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and eventually made my way to law school.  Although I had an amazing experience leading soldiers, I was also excited by the impact that I could have in the private sector. On my first day of law school, I met a professor whose focus was urban revitalization, and I found my calling.  The mix of public policy, politics, business, law, and service was very appealing to me.

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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