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Thu Apr 15, 2021, 09:30 AM Apr 2021

MacArthur Grants Community Solutions $100 Million to Address Homelessness

MacArthur Grants Community Solutions $100 Million to Address Homelessness
By Abby Schultz
April 7, 2021 5:39 pm ET

The MacArthur Foundation announced it was awarding Community Solutions with a US$100 million grant at a virtual event on Wednesday, selecting the nonprofit out of six finalists in its global 100&Change competition.

Community Solutions, based in New York City, will use the funds to expand its mission of ending homelessness to 75 U.S. communities in the next five years through its “Built for Zero” initiative.

This data-based approach has been successful at ending chronic and veteran homelessness in 15 communities, and reducing its prevalence in 50 others. The organization also has secured homes for 235,000 homeless individuals since 2010.

“For too long, homelessness has been viewed as intractable and pervasive, rather than a crisis worth solving,” John Palfrey, president of MacArthur, said in a press statement. “More than 568,000 people experienced homelessness on a given night in the United States, before the pandemic. Community Solutions has proven that people do not have to live this way. Its racially equitable response is primed for this moment.”

“You have moved the reality that this is a solvable problem into the mainstream,” Roseanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions said to the MacArthur staff in a zoom call recorded when they were told of the award, and played at Wednesday’s event.


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