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Rosanne Haggerty – Founder & President, Common Ground Community

Common Ground Community is a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness.

Haggerty conceived of and managed the restoration of The Times Square Hotel, winner of the 1997 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and many subsequent “supportive housing” projects combing affordable housing with support service to assist formerly homeless tenants in rebuilding their lives and maintaining stable housing. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work on the problem of homelessness in the U.S., and won the 1998 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. She was a Fellow of the Japan Society Local Government and Public Policy Fellowship.

Haggerty graduated from Amherst College and is now completing a PhD. in sociology at New York University.

Common Ground Community is focused on these goals:

• Identifying the chronic (longest term) homeless in New York City and linking them to housing
• Creating 1,000 new units of supportive housing by 2007 and an additional 3,000 units of supportive housing by 2014
• Preventing homelessness among vulnerable families and individuals
• Assisting other programs in the US and around the world replicate Common Ground's successful programs
• Creating new models of housing for those not served by existing options

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