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TO GET inside the mind of a genius, you have to pin her down. The jam-packed visit to Brisbane of Rosanne Haggerty (pictured) - talking to a sell-out black-tie dinner, drinks, meetings and collaborations - means grabbing a moment isn't easy.
She is checking emails at the office of West End community organisation Micah Projects when we meet but jumps up - "Do you want tea/coffee/water?" - and she's in the kitchen.
There are people forging ahead, with or without corporate support, with or without a rebranding campaign, and committing themselves and their money to tangible projects in Hartford. Today you'll meet some of the people we think are the real difference makers. Frankly, Hartford doesn't have the same level of human and intellectual capital that New Haven has, but we're not as far behind as some people think.
A new housing initiative, Common Ground Tasmania, could bring an end to chronic homelessness in the state.
The first two Common Ground sites on Campbell St and Liverpool/Goulburn streets are expected to open early next year.
Half the tenants will be Tasmanians who are homeless and the others low-wage tenants in need of affordable accommodation.
Yesterday, the New York-based founder of Common Ground supportive housing, Rosanne Haggerty, returned to Hobart to support the establishment of Common Ground Tasmania.
Armed with flashlights and clipboards, dozens of volunteers fanned out before dawn Monday to find the most vulnerable people living on the streets of North Hollywood and Sun Valley.
The effort organized by the San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition, a network of service providers, aims to help at least 75 people into stable housing and find them the services they need to stay off the streets.
Brownsville, Brooklyn occupies a dark, if not ruthless place in the imaginations of many thanks to a number of hardcore rappers and athletes who hail from there. Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, Riddick Bowe, most of the Boot Camp Clik and the Mash Out Posse all call the public-housing-inundated neighborhood home.
Bruce Marzett was homeless for 25 years. In June, with his dog Elton, he moved into his own apartment in Hollywood.
"If you look around, you can see it's a person's dream, basically," he said.
A Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, emphysema and bipolar disorder, Marzett was living a nightmare, panhandling to survive in Venice, Calif.
"People say, 'You live in Venice?' No, I lived on Venice," said Marzett. "I lived on the sand, I lived on the parking lots, I lived on the streets."
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.
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.
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.