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Danny worked as a carpenter all of his adult life, until an accident injured his back and caused him to lose his right eye. As a result of his injury, he found it difficult to continue working and contractors stopped hiring him, citing the insurance risk.

Danny soon lost his home and began moving from couch to couch. He eventually ended up outside, living in the woods of southern Mississippi for six years. As Danny's health issues worsened, he lost most of his mobility and began to depend on others living in the encampment, where he "became part of the environment of the camp."

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Yesterday, the Institute of Global Homelessness, which Community Solutions helped to launch in 2014, released the IGH Framework, a new global approach to understanding homelessness that develops a common language for shared measurement and action. This is the most credible effort to date to grapple with the problem of homelessness around the world in a way that will allow countries to work together for real solutions.

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Paul Howard, Senior Director of Knowledge Sharing at Community Solutions, spent the week at the inaugural Cities for Life conference in Medellín, Colombia. The conference brought together more than 1,000 people from 120 cities from around the world, including 60 mayors, to share knowledge and tackle together the complex challenges facing our cities.

Paul sends the following dispatch from Medellín:

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This week, we say goodbye to a longtime member of the Community Solutions team, Andrew Haupt, who has accepted an exciting position as Chief Operations Officer to our partners at the Rapid Results Institute. Andrew’s many talents were felt in senior posts in nearly every part of Community Solutions. His contributions to the organization and its development have been invaluable.

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Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University and author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. Last week Mr. Edelman spent time with Community Solutions’ Brownsville Partnership to learn more about our approach to revitalizing low-income neighborhoods and to share his experience.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

We talk a lot about data here at Community Solutions, and with good reason -- we firmly believe that you can’t solve a problem that you can’t properly dimension. That's why Zero: 2016 communities across the country have set clear measurable goals, known as Take Down Targets, to measure progress and optimize resources as they work toward an end to chronic and veteran homelessness.

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In Brownsville, Brooklyn and Northeast Hartford, Connecticut, healthy food options are difficult to come by. Fast food businesses and bodegas with low or no quality produce characterize the landscape. All the while, full service supermarkets are outside of realistic walking or driving distance, making procuring healthy ingredients and preparing wholesome meals a geographic, logistical, and monetary conundrum.

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James, a U.S. Army veteran, first became homeless when he was 9 years old. In 1986, after being discharged from the Army, he immediately fell into homelessness again and has constantly grappled with it in the 29 years since, most recently in the Zero: 2016 community of Jacksonville, Florida. Adding to his struggles, James faced substance abuse issues while homeless and copes with mental illness and PTSD.

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