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Project to Find Homes for Newark's Homeless Gains Steam

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The numbers were daunting, the task formidable.

One year ago, Newark and Essex County leaders unveiled an ambitious plan to get the county's nearly 4,000 homeless residents off the streets in 10 years. The first step in the plan, called the Newark 50 Project, was to target the 50 most vulnerable of Newark's homeless — those most likely to die on the streets —and put them in housing by the end of 2012.

The process of finding those 50 people began last month.

Today, officials said they have been able to provide housing for one woman.

Falling Through the Cracks

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In a recent survey of the nation’s homeless, it was uncovered that more than one in five had visited an emergency department or had been hospitalized over three times in the last year.

Twenty-two percent of homeless people who participated in the survey are living with triple diagnoses: they have substance abuse issues, a mental illness diagnosis and a chronic physical condition.

20% of Homeless Hospitalized 3 Times in Last Year

Monday, July 18, 2011

A survey of the nation's homeless in 30 cities has found that more than one in five visited the emergency department or was hospitalized over three times in the last year, nearly 40% had no health coverage such as Medicaid and more than one in five were living with triple diagnoses.

Homelessness is a Solvable Problem

Friday, July 8, 2011

Homelessness is a solvable problem. Yet there is an enormous gap between what we know works to end homelessness and what is actually done in most places. This week we are launching a new not-for-profit organization, Community Solutions, to try to close this gap.

A Leadership Conversation with Rosanne Haggerty

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rosanne Haggerty, an Amherst College Life Trustee, founded Common Ground Community, a not-for-profit organization started in 1990 that develops strategies to end homelessness in New York City. Haggerty, a MacArthur and Ashoka fellow, is currently president of Community Solutions, a new organization aimed at strengthening communities to end homelessness nationwide.

Database can help get homes for the neediest

Saturday, July 2, 2011

To solve a problem, first you have to understand it. That's what more than 300 volunteers were trying to do while most of us slept last week: Fanning out across Santa Clara County in the wee hours, they conducted a detailed survey of homeless residents. Officials launching a campaign to house 1,000 of the area's most vulnerable homeless within two years hope this information can revitalize their campaign to end chronic homelessness here.

528 homeless people live on Philadelphia's streets, survey shows

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A weeklong survey of the city's homeless found 528 people living on the streets, slightly more than half of them described as "physically vulnerable and at increased risk of death."

The count was conducted by 250 volunteers, who combed city streets and parks this week from 4 to 6 a.m. compiling a name-and-photo database.

Mayor Nutter hosted the volunteers Friday at City Hall and helped release the results of the survey.

"The big-picture goal remains the same," he said. "Philadelphia will become the first major city in America to end homelessness."

Permanent Homes for 100,000 Homeless Americans

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In the wake of last week's terrible disaster in Japan, we are reminded of how fragile our communities can be. The images of tens of thousands of Japanese uprooted from their homes and crowded into emergency shelters convey in ways words and numbers cannot the impact of being suddenly without a home -- an event always preceded by some trauma.

Ending Homelessness

Monday, March 7, 2011

More than 30 years ago, a nonprofit was launched in New York City to try to find permanent housing for chronically homeless people in Times Square. Now it has a national campaign that some people think could be an important first step toward ending homelessness in America.

Standing outside an elegant 15-story brick building in midtown Manhattan, Rosanne Haggerty, who runs the nonprofit Common Ground, recalls how it all began — how a former hotel became a model for housing the homeless.

New Approach Brings US Homeless in from the Cold

Monday, February 7, 2011

In the dead of winter last year, after 13 years of wandering the streets and homeless shelters of the US capital, Maureen Brosnahan was given a tiny apartment with no strings attached.

She would no longer have to endure icy nights lying on cardboard and wrapped in blankets and plastic, or huddle with others for protection against the thieves and psychotics who prey on the homeless after dark.