Save the Date! "100,000 Homes Campaign" for the Homeless Launches July 12 in DC

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A national effort to provide “100,000 Homes” for America’s long-term homeless by July of 2013 will formally launch their campaign in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 12, at the Annual Meeting of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Rosanne Haggerty, Chief Executive Officer of Common Ground will deliver the keynote address that day at the1:00 p.m. plenary session and be joined by a number of national organizations, public officials and local advocates and practitioners who will endorse the “100,000 Homes Campaign”. A press availability will follow the speech.

As of this week, more than 30 cities across the country have joined the campaign with more expected to join by the July 12 announcement. Working together, these communities are reaching out to the homeless, one by one, identifying their needs and finding appropriate housing and services. In doing so, they are not only reducing the numbers of street homelessness, they are also, in many cases, generating significant health care savings by getting people off the street and into supportive environments. One recent study put the average savings at $17,000 per person per year.

Common Ground began in New York City through Ms. Haggerty’s initiative, creating supportive housing in the Times Square area and reducing street homelessness in that area by 87 percent. Beyond New York, the organization assists coalitions in cities across America in the creation of new supportive housing options. Now, Common Ground is partnering with many committed organizations, large and small, across the country, in a landmark effort to end the human tragedy of street homelessness.

In the next few months, follow the campaign as more and more communities conduct “Registry Weeks”, identify needs, inventory resources and find solutions. Need more information on the “100,000 Homes Campaign” nationally or in your community? Please visit our website at http://www.commonground.org, our Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/100khomes, or contact us at 212-471-0854.

National Partners – 100,000 Homes Campaign

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Corporation for Supportive Housing

International Downtown Association

Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America

United Way Worldwide

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Enterprise Community Partners

Fannie Mae

National Healthcare for the Homeless

Pathways to Housing

National Association of Public Hospitals

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