100,000 Homes-Prestigious World Habitat Award
Congratulations to Great Football Sunday Partner — 100,000 Homes!
Medellín, COLOMBIA— The 100,000 Homes Campaign, coordinated by NYC-based non-profit Community Solutions, was announced today as one of two international winners of the World Habitat Award, a prestigious honor awarded annually by the Building and Social Housing Foundation in conjunction with the United Nations. The award was announced during World Habitat Day celebrations in Medellín, Colombia and will be formally presented next April at the World Urban Forum, hosted by UN-Habitat.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign aims to help over 200 US communities find permanent housing for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans by July of 2014. To date, participating communities have already housed more than 70,000 people nationwide.
Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, said, “The 100 000 Homes Campaign’s innovative approach to providing permanent housing solutions to the homeless and vulnerable indeed resonates with a key objective of UN-Habitat, ‘housing for all’. I particularly commend the initiative’s attempt to shift efforts away from emergency responses to long-term solutions.”
The Campaign works by helping communities innovate effective solutions to homelessness and share them with one another through an expanding national infrastructure. It urges communities to identify all of their homeless residents by name and apply a Housing First approach, in which permanent housing is provided ahead of, rather than following, offers of substance and mental health treatment and/or employment. Communities also track their monthly housing placements and work toward housing a reliable percentage of their homeless neighbors each month to get on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness in a clear timeframe.
By Jake Maguire, Community Solutions, Oct. 7, 2013
100,000 Homes is a non-profit beneficiary of Great Football Sunday.