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Niagara’s homelessness director, Cathy Cousins, from left, Regional Chair Jim Bradley & program analyst Lisa Bell discuss Niagara’s inclusion in the Built For Zero Canada collaborative, helping Niagara deal with chronic homelessness. Allan Benner, Torstar

Niagara joins national initiative to end chronic homelessness

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Niagara Region has been accepted as part of a national initiative working to end chronic homelessness.

Built for Zero Canada — a Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness initiative based on a successful U.S. program — announced Tuesday that Niagara has been accepted to be part of the collaborative.

"Our goal is to ultimately end homelessness. And that's a lofty goal, but a goal that we should be working toward," said Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley while announcing Niagara's inclusion in the program.

County council briefs: County housing stability manager receives Municipal Champion Award

Thursday, July 18, 2019

“Lori has worked with community partners in our community to transform the local homeless-serving system in our community, moving from a silo approach to one of collaboration and a ‘no wrong door’ system, resulting in an overall reduction of chronic homelessness of 24 per cent,” Pettipiere stated.

Guelph-Wellington has reported 136 chronically homeless people as of March, which is a significant reduction from the 178 reported last September, the report notes.

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.

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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.

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