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Urban Centers are Contested Territory in Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

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.

Breaking Down Barriers in Brownsville

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.

Babson College's Lewis Institute Awards Social Innovators from Paul Quinn College and Community Solutions

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

Tulsa's Homeless Agencies Join Forces To Help Veterans

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.
 
"Historically in

Bergen County Is First U.S. Community To End Chronic Homelessness

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.

Jobs won’t solve homelessness. Housing can.

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.

Madison continues push toward zero homeless veterans

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Madison is making strides toward ending veteran homelessness, although city officials estimate 30 to 50 housing units are still needed for veterans without homes
 
As part of two efforts focused on ending veteran homelessness, city government and the Veterans Administration Hospital here set a goal to house 130 veterans by the end of 2016 and surpassed that by housing 193 veterans, Mayor Paul Soglin said at a press conference Monday.
 
“It’s our hope we’ll reach zero by the end of 2017,” Soglin said.
 
That figure of zero is achi

After years on the streets, homeless vets in D.C. get new building to call their own

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
As a young man, Clifford Rowe played bass for Elvis Presley, performing on glittering stages across the United States.
 
As an old man, he slept on a park bench two blocks from his childhood home in Northeast Washington, wrapped in a military sleeping bag, his beloved guitars cinched to his waist with bungee cords.
 
A performer with a heavy travel schedule, he never stayed in town long enough to get a place of his own. The years wore away. Elvis died on Rowe’s 37th birthday. Rowe’s mom sold the family house and moved south.

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