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Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Community Solutions. Rosanne is a globally recognized leader in housing and human services innovation. After volunteering at a youth homeless shelter in the 1980s, Rosanne founded Common Ground, growing into one of the nation’s largest builders and operators of housing for homeless people. Rosanne is an Ashoka Senior Fellow and a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. In 2011, Rosanne co-founded Community Solutions to scale the ideas she developed at Common Ground nationwide.

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Community Solutions
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Cities and Urbanization; Infrastructure
Areas of Impact
North America

Community Solutions

Community Solutions Inc. works toward a future without homelessness, resulting that poverty never follows a family beyond a single generation. It implemented the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national learning and action grassroots based network which leveraged a collaborative approach to system-change in working to solve homelessness in New York.

From 2010-2014, Community Solutions worked with municipal officials, homelessness NGOs and federal agencies to assist 186 communities in moving more than 105,000 homeless people, including veterans and people living with mental illness, into permanent housing with accompanying supportive services. Based on the success of the Campaign, Community Solutions launched “Zero: 2016” to help 71 US communities end chronic and veteran homelessness outright by end of 2016. Their methodology is being adopted in Canada, Australia and Europe.


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