Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions, situates homelessness as a systems change issue

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rosanne Haggerty was on campus over three weeks in April 2019 as part of the Herbert Sidney Langfeld Visiting Lectureship, in association with the Department of Psychology and the Kahneman-Treisman Center.  President of Community Solutions, an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness, Haggerty assists communities throughout the US and internationally in implementing systems that measurably end homelessness and change the conditions that produce it. Their large-scale initiatives include the 100,000 Homes Campaign and Built for Zero. 

Several U.S. communities have ended chronic or veterans homelessness in the past two years, with dozens more now making measurable progress toward that goal. All are part of the Built for Zero movement. The “zero mindset” and a new problem-solving infrastructure are at the heart of this shift.  At Princeton, Haggerty shared the zero mindset approach and explored with the Princeton community how this movement to end homelessness can be spread and accelerated using insights from behavioral science.

Haggerty is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow, and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and the recipient of the Jane Jacobs medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation and Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award. Earlier she founded and led Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing models and other research-based practices that end homelessness.