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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.

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.

Volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row.

NPR's Planet Money: Counting The Homeless

Friday, May 17, 2019

New York City is legally obligated to find a bed for every person who needs one, every night of the year.

So, when homeless shelters fill up, the city turns to the next best thing: Hotels. The city spends millions renting out entire blocks of hotel rooms.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Research suggests that the most cost-effective way to address homelessness may not be investing in temporary shelters or hotels, but providing rental assistance.

Report: Northeast Florida homelessness numbers down, affordable housing still limited

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The overall number of homeless people in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties has dropped 32 percent over the last 10 years, with dramatic decreases in veteran and chronic homelessness, according to a recent report from the lead homelessness-prevention agency for the three counties.

The overall number of homeless people in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties has dropped 32 percent over the last 10 years, with dramatic decreases in veteran and chronic homelessness, according to a recent report from the lead homelessness-prevention agency for the three counties.

Moving from Charity to Justice in Our Work to End Homelessness

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Learning that problem solving practices can move between industries spurred us to reflect on the kind of problem that homelessness is, and to look broadly for solutions to the accountability and coordination problems at the heart of persistent homelessness. These problems have made all our efforts less powerful and hindered for a generation the dedicated work of organizations serving the homeless.

But we can change that.

Illustration by David Plunkert

The New Practice of Public Problem Solving

Monday, April 22, 2019

The relentless focus on what users need and how they experience services brings people into the process of providing feedback for services where they have not traditionally had a voice. For nonprofit leaders, it creates a place to review their rules, forms, and theories. For example, Marina Nitze, former CTO of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, assembled her colleagues and asked veterans to demonstrate what it’s like to try to access the department’s 62 benefits programs on a computer without high-speed Internet.

How the Right Data Can Help Make Homelessness a Thing of the Past

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Today's technology companies are under pressure from young, idealistic staffers to do good. It's no longer enough to just cut a check and put a company's name on the donor wall at prestigious cultural institutions. At business intelligence software giant Tableau Software, the company has been using its data science powers for good since 2014, when it set up the Tableau Foundation.

3 cities in the U.S. have ended chronic homelessness: Here’s how they did it

Monday, March 11, 2019

In late February, the city of Abilene, Texas, made an announcement: It had ended local veteran homelessness. It was the first community in the state and the ninth in the country to reach that goal, as part of a national program called Built for Zero. Now, through the same program, Abilene is working to end chronic homelessness. While homelessness might often be seen as an intractable problem because of its complexity–or one that costs more to solve than communities can afford–the program is proving that is not the case.