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How do you convince an entire community to change their approach to homelessness?

Business Innovation Factory

Rosanne Haggerty’s obsession is homelessness. As with any innovation, ending homelessness at the systems level demands high optimism and faith in all the players. “We start with a belief that everybody wants to be part of the solution,” Rosanne Haggerty, Community Solutions.

Rosanne Haggerty will be telling her story at the #BIF9 Summit on September 18 and 19, 2013.

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  • Gavin Tanner

    I think it's so important that we find a way to help convince our community that there are better ways to eliminate homelessness in the community. However, I disagree that you should "start with a belief that everybody wants to be part of the solution." The fact is - not everybody wants to be a part of the solution. Recognizing this will help you to better understand how to work with those in the community and understand where they're coming from to THEN convince them to change and participate in the solution.

  • Business Innovation Factory

    Agreed. There should always be a safe space, but prevention is key! And there's a really cool intersection that you mention between homelessness and cities. Another one of our storytellers, Peter Hirshberg, talks about the smart city as a platform for community. I wonder if the data can help inform the design of new solutions for providing more effective resources?

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Fascinating. I heard a story on NPR today about how downtown cities are criminalizing homeless people or charities that are feeding them in public. It's terrible. The way cities need to help is by setting up more shelters. I saw a homeless group start their own newspaper. It empowered them and got the word out to so many people about the abuse they faced from police.

    • Jelena Woehr

      Colorado has The Voice, which is a newspaper published and sold by housing-insecure Denver residents. They get help from a formerly homeless gentleman who guides the process, but ultimately the writers and salespeople are guiding the editorial direction. It has everything from commentary to local news to poetry, and the sales representatives keep most of what they earn (they give some money back to the publisher for printing costs).