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Rosanne Haggerty
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Rosanne Haggerty is President of Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit organization working to strengthen communities to end homelessness. She is a board member of the Center for Urban Community Services, the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and a Life Trustee of Amherst College. Among other international recognitions, she is a 2007 Ashoka Senior Fellow, a Hunt Alternatives Fund Prime Mover, and a 2001 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Learn more about her work at

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Instead of Merely Counting, Know the Homeless By Name

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Last week, while most Americans were sleeping, volunteers in hundreds of U.S. communities were combing their streets for signs of their homeless neighbors. This Congressionally mandated search effort, known as the Point in Time (PIT) count, amounts to a national midnight census in which communities must attempt to document the...

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The Real Cost of Veteran Homelessness and Nine Things Every Community Can Do to End It

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:17 AM

Combat ought to be the most difficult experience our nation's veterans ever endure, and yet many go on to become homeless for eight or nine times the length of their deployments. That is the key finding of a new report by the 100,000 Homes Campaign detailing the widespread...

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Getting to the Root Causes of Homelessness

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 6:28 PM

Homelessness disproportionately emerges from the poorest neighborhoods in our nation, and that reality begs a question that goes to the heart of ending homelessness: why not go to the places where there is greatest instability and keep vulnerable people from becoming homeless in the first place? That question may seem...

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Opening Doors Across America

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 11:35 AM

In June of last year, when the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) sent Congress and the president a plan called Opening Doors, the first federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness in our nation's history, I was impressed. The plan set measurable and achievable...

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Crunching the Numbers in the Fight to End Homelessness

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 11:47 AM

The number of homeless people on America's streets is morally indefensible -- over 600,000 on any given night -- but even more startling is how little we have historically known about this population. If solving a problem depends on first understanding it, it should come as little surprise...

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Homelessness Is a Solvable Problem

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 5:42 PM

Homelessness is a solvable problem. Yet there is an enormous gap between what we know works to end homelessness and what is actually done in most places. This week we are launching a new not-for-profit organization, Community Solutions, to try to close this gap.

Our Community Solutions...

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Permanent Homes for 100,000 Homeless Americans

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 12:48 PM

In the wake of last week's terrible disaster in Japan, we are reminded of how fragile our communities can be. The images of tens of thousands of Japanese uprooted from their homes and crowded into emergency shelters convey in ways words and numbers cannot the impact of being suddenly without...

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