Updates

Submitted by Anjali Walter on
In the Built for Zero Collaborative, we've identified a handful of communities that we believe are in the 'Last Mile' of ending homelessness for a target population. Bakersfield, California, is one of our Last Mile communities, which has quickly and successfully implemented a multi-pronged strategy aimed at ending chronic homelessness within the next four months.

Permanent Supportive Housing Helps Homeless Veterans get Back on Their Feet

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Did you know that it costs more money for many people to remain homeless than it does to place them in permanent supportive housing?
 
It’s true! Due to the likelihood of homeless individuals cycling through emergency health care, shelters and the criminal justice system, we can actually save 40% more taxpayer dollars by investing in ending the cycle of homelessness for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
 
The solution to ending homelessness is very simple: help individuals who are experiencing homelessness find permanent homes.
Tableau

Tableau to Donate $100 Million through Tableau Foundation to Help Solve Global Challenges

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Today at the Tableau Conference in New Orleans, Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) announced its commitment to grant $100 million in software, training, and financial support through Tableau Foundation between now and the year 2025. The company is pledging to help more people use data to take on some of the world's toughest challenges including global health, poverty, equality, and climate change. This commitment includes an equity donation of $25 million by Tableau early next year to fund the Foundation's work.

Aras Jizan
Submitted by Kristin Kellogg on
This Q&A with Aras Jizan was originally published in Community Solutions' 2017 Annual Report.
 
Aras works on the Built for Zero Data Team where he designs, customizes, and implements data tools and analytic frameworks that help communities end chronic and veteran homelessness.
 
What is data analytics?
At a basic level, it’s collecting and looking at information systematically in order to make better decisions.
Submitted by Kristin Kellogg on
Homelessness is a constantly shifting problem. In order to effectively solve for it, communities need accurate and up-to-date data on the issue.
 
That's why Built for Zero communities create real-time, person-specific data sets of the people experiencing homelessness in their region. This information is graphed in custom dashboards, powered by Tableau, a data visualization software. These dashboards make it easier for local teams to analyze their data and use it to inform their decision-making.
Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty

Interview with Rosanne Haggerty

Monday, October 1, 2018
In such a booming economy, why is homelessness spiking and affordable housing reaching a crisis in many U.S. cities?
Homelessness is not spiking everywhere, but I would say it’s the failure of housing policy and practice to adapt quickly to changing demographics and dynamics.

A former Connecticut factory will transform into a job incubator

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Swift Gold Leaf Factory in Hartford, Connecticut, will be converted into a major community job incubator by New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions and Massachusetts design firm Bruner/Cott Architects. The $34-million adaptive reuse project aims to spur investment in the low-income neighborhood of Northeast Hartford and bring restaurant industry job opportunities to a place where the unemployment rate has hit 26 percent in recent years. 

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