Community Solutions Awarded $100M Grant, Plans To Expand Efforts To End Homelessness By 2026

Tents of homeless people line a street in Washington, D.C., in April.
Tents of homeless people line a street in Washington, D.C., in April.
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A nonprofit working to combat homelessness in communities across the country is expanding its efforts, thanks to a new grant.

According to Community Solutions’ website, the organization was awarded $100 million from The MacArthur Foundation’s 100andChange competition.

The competition, which launched with more than 750 proposals, awards a grant to an organization or a collaboration working to solve a critical problem in the world.

Jake Maguire, a principal at Built for Zero Community Solutions, says the funding, which will be divided among 75 communities throughout the United States, will be used to accelerate the impact of the Built for Zero movement, which aims to end chronic or veteran homelessness by 2026.

“We are imagining right now that probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% of that money will be passed through directly to communities and partners to support staffing and housing and new housing investments,” said Maguire, a guest on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

During the virtual conversation, Maguire told show host Rose Scott that his organization is constantly reviewing data and looking at how data is being collected to understand and reduce homelessness for the communities they support.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.