TO GET inside the mind of a genius, you have to pin her down. The jam-packed visit to Brisbane of Rosanne Haggerty (pictured) - talking to a sell-out black-tie dinner, drinks, meetings and collaborations - means grabbing a moment isn't easy.
She is checking emails at the office of West End community organisation Micah Projects when we meet but jumps up - "Do you want tea/coffee/water?" - and she's in the kitchen.
There are people forging ahead, with or without corporate support, with or without a rebranding campaign, and committing themselves and their money to tangible projects in Hartford. Today you'll meet some of the people we think are the real difference makers. Frankly, Hartford doesn't have the same level of human and intellectual capital that New Haven has, but we're not as far behind as some people think.
A new housing initiative, Common Ground Tasmania, could bring an end to chronic homelessness in the state.
The first two Common Ground sites on Campbell St and Liverpool/Goulburn streets are expected to open early next year.
Half the tenants will be Tasmanians who are homeless and the others low-wage tenants in need of affordable accommodation.
Yesterday, the New York-based founder of Common Ground supportive housing, Rosanne Haggerty, returned to Hobart to support the establishment of Common Ground Tasmania.
Homelessness can make people sick. Really sick.
Among over 20,000 homeless people surveyed nationally through our 100,000 Homes Campaign, more than one in five lives with a chronic health condition alongside a substance addiction and a mental health condition. These co-occurring conditions are often exacerbated by the harsh realities of life on the streets. Addressing them requires a coordinated approach to care.
Armed with flashlights and clipboards, dozens of volunteers fanned out before dawn Monday to find the most vulnerable people living on the streets of North Hollywood and Sun Valley.
The effort organized by the San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition, a network of service providers, aims to help at least 75 people into stable housing and find them the services they need to stay off the streets.
Brownsville, Brooklyn occupies a dark, if not ruthless place in the imaginations of many thanks to a number of hardcore rappers and athletes who hail from there. Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, Riddick Bowe, most of the Boot Camp Clik and the Mash Out Posse all call the public-housing-inundated neighborhood home.
If you saw our 100,000 Homes Campaign on the CBS Evening News last week, you heard a lot about volunteers. And rightly so— in Campaign communities, volunteers wake up at 3am multiple mornings in a row to help their neighbors experiencing homelessness. They deserve as much recognition as we can give them!
Bruce Marzett was homeless for 25 years. In June, with his dog Elton, he moved into his own apartment in Hollywood.
"If you look around, you can see it's a person's dream, basically," he said.
A Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, emphysema and bipolar disorder, Marzett was living a nightmare, panhandling to survive in Venice, Calif.
"People say, 'You live in Venice?' No, I lived on Venice," said Marzett. "I lived on the sand, I lived on the parking lots, I lived on the streets."
Pitkin Avenue buzzed with activity during the recent Summer Plazas community events in Brownsville, Brooklyn. For the past three Sundays, with the street closed to through-traffic, local children happily jumped rope, played tag and hoola-hooped in the middle of the road.