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December 21, 2018

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Ending veteran and chronic homelessness with community solutions

Ending veteran and chronic homelessness with community solutions

At Walker & Dunlop, we are dedicated to providing housing. It’s not just a business for us, though - it’s a passion. Which is why we have built out a robust program aimed at corporate philanthropy. As part of our CSR initiatives, we have partnered with two incredible charities that work tirelessly to alleviate poverty and homelessness: Community Solutions and LIFT. Over the past four years, Walker & Dunlop has raised over $850,000 for LIFT and Community Solutions, including $250,000 in 2018 and $206,000 in 2017.

In this post, we’ll be spotlighting the incredible work done by Community Solutions – keep an eye out for Part 2 to learn more about LIFT.

Community Solutions: Built for Zero

Community Solutions helps communities end homelessness and the conditions that create it.

Roseanne Haggerty describes Community Solutions and talks about the CSR partnership with Walker & Dunlop
Roseanne Haggerty describes Community Solutions and talks about the CSR partnership with Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop’s Women’s Initiative was honored to host Rosanne Haggerty, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions, in our Bethesda office recently.

With a strong belief that homelessness is a result of systemic problems rather than just the affordable housing shortage, Rosanne has dedicated her career to combating homelessness.

Rosanne told the Walker & Dunlop team about Community Solutions’ Built for Zero campaign, a rigorous nationwide effort to end veteran and chronic homelessness in 70 communities and create a national tipping point to prove that ending homelessness is possible. Since its inception as 100,000 Homes in January 2015, Built for Zero has helped:

  • Provide homes for 98,200 chronically homeless individuals, including many veterans
  • 33 communities drive measurable monthly reductions in homelessness
  • 64 communities obtain the real-time data they need to end veteran and chronic homelessness using a multifaceted, holistic approach
  • End veteran homelessness in seven communities (Rockford, IL; Arlington, VA; Montgomery County, MD; Fort Myers, FL; Gulfport, MS, Riverside, CA and Norman, OK)
  • End chronic homelessness in three communities (Bergen County, NJ, Lancaster, PA, and Rockford, IL)

Walker & Dunlop’s CSR program and Community Solutions – a perfect fit

Walker & Dunlop is proud to partner with Community Solutions to support Rosanne’s vision of ending veteran and chronic homelessness.

For an update on Built for Zero’s progress, view their 2017 Annual Report and take a look at their live community dashboard.

See how Walker & Dunlop further embraces the importance of giving back.

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