Updates

Moving in a veteran at Victory Place in Phoenix
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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.

Christopher Richard, a former homeless veteran, and his fiancee Shelley Hamilton attended the event for ending veteran homelessness in Libertyville Tuesday. (Frank Abderholden/News-Sun)

Astronaut James Lovell salutes ‘important milestone’ of addressing homelessness among Lake County’s veterans

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Did veteran homelessness really come to an end in Lake County?

Veterans still find themselves without housing in the county, but through a collaborative effort between the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County government and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, officials say a safety net is in place to identify and provide help for any veteran calling the streets home.

Lake County became the second such designated community in the state — Rockford was first — and just the 10th community nationwide.

Lake County has become the 11th Built for Zero community in the country to end veteran or chronic homelessness.
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On July 2, Lake County, Illinois announced that they have reached both Functional Zero and met federal benchmarks and criteria for ending veteran homelessness. They are the 11th community in the nation to reach Functional Zero on veteran or chronic homelessness.

"People think ending homelessness is not achievable, because the system wasn't designed to end it — it was designed to manage it,” said Brenda O’Connell, community lead for Built for Zero and the Continuum of Care Program Coordinator of Lake County. “But if you redesign it with zero in mind, it can be ended.”

Melanie Lewis Dickerson by Voyage Denver

Meet Melanie Lewis Dickerson of Community Solutions in Downtown

Monday, July 1, 2019

Even though each of our stories is different, I think the road always has a few bumps. I’ve been very fortunate to have a supportive family, friends, and mentors who have encouraged me along the way but each chapter comes with a new challenge. Working to solve homelessness when most people think it can’t be solved certainly keeps things interesting. And working to find solutions in a large market like Denver or Phoenix increases the complexity exponentially. It requires a re-examination of our history, how we build teams, how we allocate resources, and of what we value as a community.

Victory! NYC Funds Community Land Trusts in City Budget

Friday, June 21, 2019

Community and affordable housing activists are celebrating NYC Council’s announcement of $870,000 in FY2020 discretionary funding for community land trusts (CLTs) across NYC. The funding will help incubate and expand CLTs to develop permanently-affordable housing and curb displacement in low-income NYC neighborhoods.

Rosanne Haggerty interviewed by Malcolm Gladwell for "Solvable"

Friday, June 7, 2019

Rosanne Haggerty, the president of Community Solutions, was interviewed by Malcolm Gladwell for his new podcast called Solvable, which explores solutions to some of the world’s more daunting problems. In the 30-minute conversation, they discussed how more than 70 communities across the country are proving that homelessness is not only solvable, but being solved.

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Rosanne Haggerty, the president of Community Solutions, was interviewed by Malcolm Gladwell for his new podcast called Solvable, which explores solutions to some of the world’s more daunting problems. In the 30-minute conversation, they discussed how more than 70 communities across the country are proving that homelessness is not only solvable, but being solved.

Abilene, Texas, ended veteran homelessness in just 10 months.
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What would it take to end homelessness — to make it an experience that rarely happens, and when it does, is quickly resolved with the right help so that it doesn’t happen again? Built for Zero communities like Abilene, Texas have made a commitment to ensuring that homelessness is a brief experience when it occurs for any veteran in their city — and never a sustained or defining part of someone’s life.

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