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Rosanne Haggerty

Meet the Woman Who Thinks She's Found the Solution to Ending Homelessness

Sunday, January 24, 2016
She may not be the most famous global figure attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, but Rosanne Haggerty is surely among the most ambitious.
 
Haggerty is the president and chief executive officer of Community Solutions, a nonprofit based in New York City, with one bold mission: ending homelessness in the United States.
 
Over the past year, Haggerty launched a nationwide campaign called Zero: 2016, a movement in 75 communities across the United States with the ambitious goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 201

Rockford lauded for ending homelessness among veterans

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Rockford is the first city in the nation to effectively end homelessness among local veterans.
 
So Says Zero: 2016. The city is one of 75 cities participating in Zero: 2016, which is tackling both homelessness among veterans and chronic homelessness.
 
Since June, the city has found housing for 73 veterans and has in place a system to house homeless veterans within a month. That helped the city reach "functional zero," a term first used in New Orleans.
Veteran moving into new home

Montgomery County Reaches ‘Functional Zero’ in Number of Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Montgomery County says it’s one of about 25 jurisdictions across the country to house or have housing available for all of its known homeless veterans.
 
The county’s Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced it has reached what’s called “functional zero” when it comes to the number of homeless veterans.
Homeless Veteran Cardboard Sign

All Washtenaw County wants for Christmas is apartments for homeless veterans

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Like many of us, the folks at Washtenaw County have something on their Christmas wish list: 17 apartments to house 17 homeless veterans.
 
Andrea Plevek is with the county's Office of Community and Economic Development.
 
If she were writing a letter to Santa, "I think that we would ask Santa Claus to open the hearts and minds of the landlord community here in Washtenaw County," says Plevek.
 
The county hopes to reach its goal of zero homeless veterans by the end of 2015, but Plevek says the county can't do it alone.
 
Food Gatherers Truck

2015 a year of success for housing Ann Arbor's chronically homeless

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Before getting into supportive housing through Avalon Housing, Debra Fairburn, one of the many chronically homeless people in Ann Arbor who got off the streets this year, lived what she considered a precarious life.
 
She had been homeless off and on for years, sometimes sleeping in a tent outside and sometimes couch surfing.
 
"Sometimes the situations weren't safe, or there was drugs involved at those houses," she said. "I was a wanderer."
 
She begged for money on the side of the road. She was addicted to heroin.
George Leventhal

Councilmember Leventhal to Announce Near End to Veteran Homelessness in Montgomery County

Friday, December 18, 2015
Councilmember George Leventhal will announce that the County has effectively ended veteran homelessness at a news conference on Monday, December 21st. $500,000 in funding was appropriated by the Council and used to house 18 homeless veterans and provide housing for identifiable homeless veterans.
 
Councilmember Leventhal will be joined by Councilmembers Craig Rice, Sidney Katz, as well as local leaders and activist from the community. The County has submitted certification requests to the U.S.
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This week, we officially announced that Riverside County, CA had become the first large community in the country to reach Functional Zero, our rigorous definition of a clear and measurable end to veteran homelessness. Our team has worked with Riverside since 2015 as part of our Built for Zero initiative.

Community solutions to homelessness, violence save lives, money

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Homelessness and violence are plagues of urban life that are as deadly as any cancer. Experts say both take as many as 25 years off your life.
 
Speakers at a recent forum presented by USA TODAY and the insurer Cigna said there are proven ways to tackle these challenges, but lasting solutions require government funding and the involvement of local residents who know their needs best.

Rockford Becomes First Community to End Veteran Homelessness

Monday, January 23, 2017
The City of Rockford Department of Human Services announced that the City has been recognized as the first community in the national 'Zero: 2016' movement to effectively end homelessness among local veterans.
 
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veteran Affairs and the national nonprofit agency, Community Solutions, on hand at a news conference Tuesday to recognize the Forest City.

USA TODAY forum examines solutions to community health problems, inequities

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Health care spending last year rose at the highest rate since 2008, thanks in large part to far more people being insured but also a 12% increase in drug spending, federal data out Wednesday showed.
 
The rate of growth in health spending is lower than before the Affordable Care Act took effect, but many believe the cost increases require more of a focus on non-medical solutions to health issues.
 
National experts will explore some of these evidence-backed programs during a Friday morning forum that will be live-streamed on usatoday.com.

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