Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 12, 2010
The “100,000 Homes Campaign”, a nationwide effort to house 100,000 long term and vulnerable homeless individuals and families over the next three years, was launched today by Common Ground Founder and President Rosanne Haggerty at the Annual Conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.. Haggerty issued a “call to action” to the more than 1,000 participants, inviting communities to “recover a sense of urgency about homelessness and join in a national movement to rapidly identify and house the most vulnerable homeless.
Haggerty was joined on stage by partners from a wide range of national organizations including the United Way, Corporation for Supportive Housing, International Downtown Association, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Iraq- Afghanistan Veterans for America, to announce that 34 communities had enlisted in the campaign and already housed 5,104 individuals and families through their joint efforts. Many of these communities have conducted “Registry Weeks”, during which volunteers administer public health surveys to identify the homeless with the most serious health needs. This enables the most vulnerable to be more quickly matched with homes and other needed assistance.
The Campaign will enlist additional communities, particularly those with the highest rates of homelessness, to become part of the effort and join the Campaign’s national innovation sharing network.
In conjunction with the announcement, the Campaign launched the website, http://www.100khomes.org which tracks progress by communities, celebrates achievements, and is a platform for rapidly sharing solutions and tools among participating communities.
National partners including the National Alliance to End Homelessness; Bank of America; Fannie Mae; the National Association of Public Hospitals; Enterprise Community Partners; Pathways to Housing; the National Alliance for the Mentally and Vanguard are connecting their networks and resources to assist in reaching the Campaign goal. The campaign “team” was also joined at the event by Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the President’s Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Ms. Haggerty thanked all involved in the Campaign, concluding that, “In three years, when this initiative comes to a close, we will have created a new reality. We will see a network of communities working together-unselfishly, resourcefully, relentlessly-to end homelessness. We will see communities that are healthy, thriving and more stable financially. We will see 100,000 vulnerable neighbors safely at home, 100,000 lives changes, and 100,000 reasons to believe that we can come together to solve the hard problems facing our communities and nation.”
Contact: Howard Leibowitz, 212-451-0854; 617-947-0762 (cell)