For press inquiries, contact Jake Maguire at (347) 266-0175.

Apr 18, 2014

Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer and Lucy Hale Give Back With Macy’s

We love our young, all-American country stars like Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer and Lucy Hale, and we love Macy’s for picking them for this year’s American Icons campaign.

The campaign raises funds for the partners of Got Your 6, a veteran empowerment initiative. The organization focuses on reintegrating veterans through jobs, education, health, housing, family and leadership. Partners in Got Your 6 include the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America, Team Rubicon, the 100,000 Homes campaign and Hiring Our Heroes.

Apr 16, 2014

Community Solutions Accepts World Habitat Award in Colombia

Community Solutions was honored last week to accept the World Habitat Award at the closing ceremonies of the United Nations World Urban Forum. The event, which took place in Medellín, Colombia, brought together more than 22,000 people from 140 countries to discuss the unique challenges facing cities around the world.

Mar 31, 2014

We Can, and Must, End Chronic Homelessness in Syracuse

Chronic homelessness is a solvable problem.

Other communities are finding people homes, and Syracuse could, too.

Consider the city of Memphis, Tenn., where chronic homelessness has dropped by 39 percent in two years.

Or Oklahoma City, which started 2013 with a goal of putting 84 people in homes during the year and wound up placing more than 200.

Or the state of Utah, which is on track to end chronic homelessness entirely by 2015.

Feb 28, 2014

In Just 100 Days, DC Finds Homes for Than 200 Homeless Veterans

Last year, a one-night census of Washington D.C.’s homeless population found 499 veterans living on the streets, with nearly twice as many at risk for homelessness and in need of emergency housing assistance. Though the numbers have been declining over the past few years, the pace has not been quick enough to meet the Obama administration’s goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.

That may be changing though, thanks to a new push in the nation’s capital.

Feb 26, 2014

Bringing an End to Chronic Homelessness in Oklahoma City

An initiative to get the chronically homeless off the streets in Oklahoma City turns a year old.
The national 100,000 Homes campaign officially kicked off in Oklahoma City in January of last year hoping to put 84 people in houses before the end of 2013.

Instead more than 200 got a place to stay.

56-year-old Carl Schmitz proudly gives me a tour of his one bedroom, furnished apartment.

For more than 30 years, the balding man with the long gray beard and hair lived on the streets until approached by members of the Homeless Alliance last February.

Feb 9, 2014

100,000 Homes: Housing the Homeless Saves Money

Giving apartments to homeless people who've been on the streets for years before they've received treatment for drug or alcohol problems or mental illness may not sound like a wise idea. But that's what's being done in cities across America in an approach that targets those who've been homeless the longest and are believed to be at greatest risk of dying, especially with all of this cold weather.

Feb 9, 2014

Anderson Cooper: How I See Homeless People Now

A bearded painter, living in the woods. A man with Parkinson’s Disease, resting under an overpass. An older woman, sheltering in an abandoned trailer park.

These are just a few of the homeless people a 60 Minutes team met while trekking through the underbelly of Nashville on assignment for the broadcast.

“We interviewed so many people,” said producer Andy Court. “You can't help wondering what happened to all these people.”

Feb 9, 2014

Before and After: From Homeless to Hopeful

Unrecognizable--that’s how Becky Kanis described the transformation of hundreds of thousands of homeless people once they are given a home.

“There is something that's really dehumanizing about living on the streets in so many ways,” Community Solutions’ Kanis told 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper. “And then, really, in a matter of days, from having housing, the physical transformation is almost immediate and they're unrecognizable from their former selves.”

Feb 3, 2014

Instead of Merely Counting, Know the Homeless By Name

The following is the first part of an opinion piece published by Community Solutions founder, Rosanne Haggerty, on the Huffington Post. The full article can be found at

Jan 22, 2014

How to Help Homeless Families

Seeing Dasani Coates standing alongside the dignitaries at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month was a heartening sign. In December, the 12-year-old girl’s struggles living with her family in a decrepit city shelter had been vividly captured in this newspaper in Andrea Elliott’s series “Invisible Child.” Dasani’s story struck a chord. More than 2,200 readers commented online, expressing sentiments that ranged from admiration for her grit to outrage at the Dickensian circumstances in which she lived.