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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.
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.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
It didn’t ship homeless people out or lock them up. Bergen County embraced a national approach that puts the onus on communities to house their most vulnerable residents.
Bergen County, across the Hudson River from New York City, is the first community in the U.S. to end chronic homelessness. Its success is confirmed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Veteran homelessness in D.C. is lower than it has ever been in the past decade. However — limited by space, housing affordability and benefit programs that draw more veterans to the region — the District has not been able to join the neighboring state of Virginia or Montgomery County, Maryland in sustaining “functional zero” for homeless vets.
The amount of veteran homelessness in D.C. has nearly halved from 667 people in 2008 to 350 people in 2016, based on annual Point-in-Time counts compiled by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Mary Tobin can barely contain her excitement about the progress Brownsville is making.
Tobin is the director of The Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of Community Solutions to address employment, safety, and neighborhood conditions. She knows the challenges the community faces, and the stats on high poverty, low graduation rates, and other issues that, she says, keep her up at night.
Monday, May 8, 2017
WELLESLEY, Mass., May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lewis Institute at Babson College honored two entrepreneurs who have both impacted significant large scale change, thereby influencing institutional and societal mindsets at the 2017 Social Innovator awards.
This year's recipients were Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, and Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO of Community Solutions.
"Michael and Rosanne are positive disruptors focused on institutional and societal change" says Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewi
Thursday, March 9, 2017
TULSA, Oklahoma - A coordinated effort to get help for Tulsa's homeless veterans is working.
Tulsa shelters help 6,500 homeless people every year and many of those are veterans.
We went to Tulsa's Iron Gate, where Alice Doyle from the Veterans Administration and John Dessauer from another Veterans group called BRR4Vets are working together.
"Our goal is rapid re-housing for veterans and their families," Dessauer said.
Two veterans agencies working together to solve problems.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Bergen County has been certified as the first community in the United States to end long-term chronic homelessness.
County and federal officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center.
Officials launched a collaborative effort to address and solve the problem of chronic homelessness in 2007.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
As part of my work with people experiencing homelessness, I frequently speak to groups around Bethesda on the subject. I always ask the same question:
“How can we end people’s homelessness?”
And I pretty much invariably get the same response:
“We should help them get jobs!”
That answer, implicitly advocating for self-sufficiency, sounds reasonable . . . until you think about what it’s like to live on the street.