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Angie Walker, the housing advocate for Rockford, Ill, with a homeless man at the city’s bus station.CreditKayli Plotner for The Rockford Register Star

A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
If you’re eager to be reminded that humane and inspiring civic leadership still exists, read on. Over the past three years, nine communities in the United States have reached a rigorous standard known as “functional zero” for either veteran or chronic homelessness — a standard that indicates that homelessness is rare and much briefer than in the past for their populations — and 37 others have accomplished measurable reductions toward that goal.
 
What’s illuminating is how they’re doing it: by making whole systems smarter.

Brownsville Got Spring-Ready During Neighborhood Rebuilding Day

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Brownsville got spring-ready thanks to Rebuilding Together NYC (RTNYC), Brownsville Partnership, Brownsville Community Justice Center and local residents. Approximately 200 volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 28 for RTNYC’s Spring Rebuilding Day which provided free home repairs for local families and upgrades of community spaces at the Brownsville and Tilden Houses and Van Dyke Park.

Built for Zero Tulsa surpasses 1,000 people housed in effort to stymie chronic, veteran homelessness

Friday, April 20, 2018
Pleased to settle into his new home Wednesday, William Gower first wanted nothing more than a refreshing shower.
 
There was no furniture yet to move around on the white-tiled floors of the one-bedroom apartment. But the 37-year-old had bedding materials and a pillow.
 
Most importantly, the space was his own.
 
“It’s been a struggle,” Gower said. “Maybe it’s a new start for me.
La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

Monday, April 9, 2018
After a La Crosse-based collaboration met its goal of rapidly housing 10 homeless families, organizers are setting their sights on helping two new populations. The organization's newest goal is to house all veterans and chronically homeless people in our area. The "La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness" has a lot of local partners, but this time group leaders are teaming up with a national movement. At the beginning of January, the collaborative joined the "Built for Zero Movement" by the organization Community Solutions
Getting to Proof Points
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This article is excerpted from Getting to Proof Points: Key Learning from the First Three Years of Built for Zero. Click here to read the full report.
 
No community can end homelessness of any kind without comprehensive, real-time, person-specific data on the problem.
Muriel Bowser Addressing Homelessness

Mayors Take the Fight for Affordable Housing to Capitol Hill

Monday, January 29, 2018
By one estimate, the number of homeless people living without shelter grew by 9 percent last year. More than half a million Americans experienced homelessness on a given night in 2017, sheltered or out on the streets. This alarming surge comes at a time when the Trump administration is threatening deep budget cuts for housing assistance.
 
A new coalition launched by Ed Lee, the late mayor of San Francisco, is taking action to address this crisis before it gets any worse.
Richard Swinson
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What’s your history? How did you end up at Community Solutions?
 
I have been involved with and working in the Brownsville community for the past 50 years. I have been a motivator for change and an advocate for youth services, and I have encouraged inclusion in the process to create a dialogue that can help Brownsville residents be a part of solutions here.
 
I retired in 2013 to care for my mother, who passed away in 2014, which left a void in my life.
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Nearly 50,000 veterans continue to experience homelessness in America, but we're committed to solving that problem. As they always do, veterans are leading the way in that work! We're sharing the stories of our team members with military backgrounds and why they've chosen to continue their service here at Community Solutions:


 

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