Our work centers on the belief that homelessness is a solvable problem and that powerful ideas linked to collaborative networks can solve urgent, complex and costly community challenges.
New York City Sometimes the hospital becomes a home.Imagine being on the street with asthma, diabetes, an addiction to alcohol or cocaine. You’re sick and can’t take care of yourself. And you have no home base to recover and rest. So, the Emergency Room or a hospital room becomes, at least for a short while, the only place you get fed, get your medicine and get people to pay attention or care.
Los Angeles In a corner of downtown Los Angeles the neighborhood name says it all: Skid Row. Also known as Central City East, this four square mile area is said to have the highest number of homeless residents in the country.Skid Row is also a landmark example of how Community Solutions brings a practical, results-oriented approach to resolving homelessness in any community.
New Orleans Even before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the Big Easy had more than 6,000 homeless residents—but it lacked a strategy to deal with the problem.So in 2003, the Downtown Development District of New Orleans (DDD) contacted Common Ground's national arm, now Community Solutions, to discuss its options. “The idea that you could put someone in a high-quality environment and serve their needs and still save money—that was something we would be crazy not to try,” recalls DDD President Kurt Weigle.
New York When 100,000 Homes Campaign volunteers met Elaine, she had been sleeping on the streets of Denver for 10 years. She used to hide under cardboard boxes to avoid the threat of violence. One night, while she slept, an angry passerby kicked her in the face. With the help of Campaign partner Denver's Road Home, Elaine and her dog, Stinker, moved into an apartment. Today, she can lock her doors and finally sleep in peace.
New York It’s an unlikely alliance: the former NBA player working to fix his troubled neighborhood and the young woman wielding flow charts on how to get there. Greg Jackson and Corinne LeTourneau are part of the Brownsville Partnership (BP), a multi-agency collaborative launched in 2008 to prevent families in this Brooklyn public housing neighborhood from losing their homes. Today, the Partnership is preventing homelessness by strengthening a whole community.