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For John Meier, ending veteran homelessness is personal. 
 
After serving in the U.S. Marines Corps, Meier experienced a layoff and then an eviction. With no other housing options, he slept in his car for three months.
 
Meier was able to escape homelessness, through the support of the VA and a dedicated case manager. He’s grateful for the assistance and support he received, which helped him regain housing and then employment.
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.
Construction begins at the Swift Factory
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From breaking ground on a community-changing redevelopment to celebrating our Built for Zero communities (with spirit!), 2018 has been an eventful year. 
 

 

Ozell is one of the more than 10,000 people housed by Built for Zero communities this year
Submitted by Rosanne Haggerty on
We have extraordinary news to share: there are now 11 examples of Built for Zero communities having ended chronic or veteran homelessness and 36 places making measurable reductions.
 
Until now, few would have believed this to be possible. For more than a generation, homelessness has been regarded as an intractable problem. 
 
Yet the more than 70 communities in our Built for Zero network are proving otherwise.
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.

Globalization 4.0 means harnessing the power of the group

Friday, November 16, 2018
How might we prepare global residents for the future of work? Past waves of globalization offer lessons on what it will take to more effectively weather the transition. As leaders consider how to shape a new architecture for Globalization 4.0 (the theme of the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Annual Meeting), we must prioritize the goal of addressing persistent inequalities – particularly those based on race, income, gender and place.
Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty featured in Irish America Magazine

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
When Rosanne Haggerty was a girl, her family went to a church in downtown Hartford that was across from a worn, single-room-occupancy (SRO) rooming house. Over time the Haggertys got to know some of the residents, even invited them to their home for holiday meals.
 
It was an introduction to the importance of housing for the poor and lit the spark of what has become a remarkable career. First, Haggerty pioneered “supportive housing,” housing with treatment, counseling, and other services on the site.

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