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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.

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.

Tapeka Lewis has been homeless on and off for much of her life, but has found success and housing in a condo in Newcastle, where her baby grandson Ky’Shawn and family members can join her. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Who’s falling into homelessness, and how: King County hopes better data leads to better help

Friday, February 22, 2019
Tapeka Lewis has been in and out of homelessness so many times, she’s lost count. But she doesn’t forget the details. 
 
Age 12, escaping abuse at home, sleeping in an Othello neighborhood park at night. Age 19, when she was a new, first-time mother. More than once, when she was a mom of three and couldn’t afford another hike in rent in many a South King County city. 
 
“It’s life,” said Lewis, now 42. “It doesn’t make sense putting a number on life.

For 300 homeless vets in the St. Louis region, one goal: End homelessness by Veterans Day

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
ST. LOUIS • There are 300 homeless veterans in the region, but nine months from now — on Veterans Day — the number without a stable place to live will be zero.
 
That’s the ambitious goal of the St. Louis Area Regional Commission on Homelessness, a group formed about two years ago to figure out how to work together to tackle an issue that has been addressed before, but never in such a comprehensive fashion.
 
“No veteran should come home and be homeless,” said Yusef Scoggin, director of the St. Louis County Department of Human Services.
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.

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