Updates

Construction begins at the Swift Factory
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From breaking ground on a community-changing redevelopment to celebrating our Built for Zero communities (with spirit!), 2018 has been an eventful year. 
 

 

Ozell is one of the more than 10,000 people housed by Built for Zero communities this year
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We have extraordinary news to share: there are now 11 examples of Built for Zero communities having ended chronic or veteran homelessness and 36 places making measurable reductions.
 
Until now, few would have believed this to be possible. For more than a generation, homelessness has been regarded as an intractable problem. 
 
Yet the more than 70 communities in our Built for Zero network are proving otherwise.
A City Solves Veteran Homelessness

A City Solves Veteran Homelessness

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
ROCKFORD, Ill.—James Asel had just started a new job and a new life here when a family fight led to a relative tossing all his belongings out in the snow. Several weeks before the holidays last year, he was homeless, along with his fiancée and three children under age 6.
 
After a few weeks in a shelter, Mr. Asel tapped into a multiagency program for veterans like him in this Rust Belt city. It landed the family in a new apartment about a month later.

Globalization 4.0 means harnessing the power of the group

Friday, November 16, 2018
How might we prepare global residents for the future of work? Past waves of globalization offer lessons on what it will take to more effectively weather the transition. As leaders consider how to shape a new architecture for Globalization 4.0 (the theme of the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Annual Meeting), we must prioritize the goal of addressing persistent inequalities – particularly those based on race, income, gender and place.
Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty featured in Irish America Magazine

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
When Rosanne Haggerty was a girl, her family went to a church in downtown Hartford that was across from a worn, single-room-occupancy (SRO) rooming house. Over time the Haggertys got to know some of the residents, even invited them to their home for holiday meals.
 
It was an introduction to the importance of housing for the poor and lit the spark of what has become a remarkable career. First, Haggerty pioneered “supportive housing,” housing with treatment, counseling, and other services on the site.
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In the Built for Zero Collaborative, we've identified a handful of communities that we believe are in the 'Last Mile' of ending homelessness for a target population. Bakersfield, California, is one of our Last Mile communities, which has quickly and successfully implemented a multi-pronged strategy aimed at ending chronic homelessness within the next four months.

Permanent Supportive Housing Helps Homeless Veterans get Back on Their Feet

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Did you know that it costs more money for many people to remain homeless than it does to place them in permanent supportive housing?
 
It’s true! Due to the likelihood of homeless individuals cycling through emergency health care, shelters and the criminal justice system, we can actually save 40% more taxpayer dollars by investing in ending the cycle of homelessness for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
 
The solution to ending homelessness is very simple: help individuals who are experiencing homelessness find permanent homes.

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