Non-profit

Community Solutions

Website:

www.community.solutions

Location:

New York, NY

Tax ID:

27-3523909

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $122,989,223
Expenses: $20,196,990
Assets: $178,069,310

Type:

Nonprofit

Formation:

2011

President:

Rosanne Haggerty

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $29,723,761
Expenses: $25,442,271
Net Assets: $155,589,809 1

References

  1. Community Solutions, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.

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Community Solutions is a national organization that works with local communities to end homelessness. Community Solutions claims that African-American and Native American homelessness is not an accident but historically and currently linked with slavery and the violent theft of land. 1 Community Solutions’ main partners are organizations that focus on race and equity. As a result, Community Solutions seeks equity as a guide to solving the homeless problem. 2

Community Solutions tracks individuals experiencing homelessness and works with local agencies and nonprofits to monitor data on names and numbers of people entering and exiting homelessness, allowing resources to be shifted according to needs and outcomes. Community Solutions received a five-year, $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation in 2021 to eradicate homelessness in at least 50 politically diverse communities by 2026. 3

History

Community Solutions began in 2011 but previously had ties to Common Ground Community, an organization providing around 3,000 affordable homes in New York City. 4 Community Solutions no longer has ties to Common Ground Community, which now operates under the name Breaking Ground. 5

Community Solutions began in 2011 with the 100,000 Homes campaign that ran until 2014 in which communities around the country sought to house 105,000 homeless Americans. 6 From 2015 through 2020, Community Solutions launched the Built for Zero initiative to learn what it takes to house more people and drive overall homelessness down to functional zero. 7

Policies

Community Solutions views homelessness through a leftwing racial equity lens, stating that racism and homelessness are inextricably linked. 8 Community Solutions states that the current homeless response in America produces racial disparities. 9 Community Solutions affirms that African-American and Native American populations are impacted disproportionately by homelessness. 10 Community Solutions states that overrepresentation of African-American and Native American homeless population is no accident but the result of historic and ongoing racism due to slavery and the violent theft of land. 11

Community Solutions claims the response to homelessness should be addressed on a racially equitable response system within communities. 12 Community Solutions works with A Way Home America (a homelessness justice organization), C4 Innovations (a racial equity and justice group for wellness), and Funders Together to End Homelessness (a grantmaking group that focuses on racial equity in funding, policy, and practice). 13

Programs

The current Built for Zero initiative by Community Solutions seeks to track homelessness in communities, work with other local and national nonprofits to provide affordable housing, and achieve functional zero homelessness in a community. 14 The U.S. Census Bureau measures homelessness using a point-in-time count that examines an estimated number of homeless persons at a particular time. 15 Built for Zero uses by-name data to track a person’s homeless status monthly to obtain better numbers of whether people are finding homes or if the problem is getting worse. 16

By following people on an individual level in communities and identifying them, Community Solutions provides data to local homeless offices and nonprofit as to the most current needs, changes in numbers of new people becoming homeless or those exiting their situation, and where to allocate resources. 17 Community Solutions works with local housing authorities, local governments, the Veterans Administration, and other nonprofits to meet and coordinate how to allocate resources to get homelessness down to zero. 18

Community Solutions’ Built for Zero program received a $100 million grant (over five years) in 2021 from the MacArthur Foundation for real and measurable progress to solving homelessness. 19 Through this grant, Community Solutions promised to help in at least 50 geographically and politically diverse communities achieving 75 “proof points” by reaching and sustaining functional zero for chronic or veteran homelessness by 2026. 20 Community Solutions’ MacArthur grant proposal promised that of the 75 communities in Built for Zero,  25 percent would be rural, 37 percent suburban, and 38 percent urban, including six of the 20 largest U.S. cities. 21 Community Solutions claims at least 105 communities are participating in the Built for Zero initiative with 42 achieving a measurable reduction in homelessness and 14 communities having functionally ended homelessness. 22

Funders

Community Solutions largest contributors include the MacArthur Foundation, Ballmer Group, Kaiser Permanente, Rocket Community Fund, Tableau Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, Bank of America, CommonSpirit, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Melville Charitable Trust, Raikes Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Select Equity, Annie E. Casey Foundation, USAA, Walker and Dunlop, Wayfair, Anne J. Caudal Foundation, and Cotopaxi. 23

Finances

In 2022, Community Solutions had net assets of $155,589,809. 24 In 2022, Community Solutions recorded $29,723,761 in revenue and had $25,442,271 in expenses. 25 In 2021, Community Solutions reported $122,989,223 in revenue and had $20,196,990 in expenses. 26

Leadership

Rosanne Haggerty is founder and president of Community Solutions since its inception in 2011. 27 From 1990 through 2011, Haggerty was the founder of Common Ground Community (now Breaking Ground), a support organization in New York City for homeless people. 28 Haggerty is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and winner of the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation. 29 Haggerty has given at least $2,900 to Democratic candidates and organizations since 2008, including former President Barack Obama and the DNC Services Corp. 30

References

  1. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/.
  2. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/.
  3. “100&Change.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/the-100change-competition/.
  4. “Our Story.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/our-story/.
  5.  “Our Story.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/our-story/.
  6. “Our Story.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/our-story/.
  7. “Our Story.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/our-story/.
  8. “The Methodology.” Community Solutions.” Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/built-for-zero/methodology/.
  9. “The Methodology.” Community Solutions.” Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/built-for-zero/methodology/.
  10. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/.
  11. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/.
  12. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/.
  13. “Racial Equity.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/racial-equity/; “A Way Home America.” A Way Home America. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.awayhomeamerica.org; “We Stand for Racial Justice and Equity.” C4 Innovations. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://c4innovates.com; “Funders Together to End Homelessness Commitment to Racial Equity.” Funders Together to End Homelessness. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.funderstogether.org/funders_together_commitment_to_racial_equity.
  14. “Functional Zero.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/built-for-zero/functional-zero/.
  15. “By-Name Data.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/quality-by-name-data/.
  16. “By-Name Data.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/quality-by-name-data/.
  17. “By-Name Data.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/quality-by-name-data/.
  18. “The Methodology.” Community Solutions.” Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/built-for-zero/methodology/.
  19.  “100&Change.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/the-100change-competition/.
  20. “100&Change.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/the-100change-competition/.
  21. “The #100andChange Proposal.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/the-macarthur-foundation-awards-community-solutions-100-million-to-accelerate-an-end-to-homelessness-in-the-u-s/.
  22. “Homelessness is Solvable.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions.
  23. “Partners.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/partners-and-funders/.
  24. Community Solutions, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.
  25. Community Solutions, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2022.
  26. Community Solutions, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2021.
  27. “Rosanne Haggerty.” LinkedIn. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosannehaggertycmtysolutions/.
  28. “Rosanne Haggerty.” LinkedIn. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosannehaggertycmtysolutions/; “Breaking Ground.” LinkedIn. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/company/breakinggroundnyc/about/.
  29. “Rosanne Haggerty.” Community Solutions. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://community.solutions/about-us/the-team/rosanne-haggerty/.
  30. Center for Responsive Politics. “Rosanne Haggerty.” Opensecrets.org. March 22, 2021. Accessed June 1, 2024. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Rosanne+Haggerty.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2011

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $122,989,223 $20,196,990 $178,069,310 $26,697,111 N $118,791,730 $2,048,797 $0 $473,056
    2020 Dec Form 990 $37,457,818 $13,544,736 $67,480,563 $18,900,597 N $32,580,785 $3,990,704 $0 $477,374
    2019 Dec Form 990 $21,748,352 $13,440,033 $45,522,457 $20,349,057 N $18,975,850 $2,688,410 $0 $259,477 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $12,790,398 $11,805,315 $35,340,370 $18,475,289 N $11,161,903 $1,587,179 $0 $252,004 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $13,939,130 $8,229,535 $16,710,339 $819,475 N $12,572,593 $597,361 $0 $291,247
    2016 Dec Form 990 $7,553,937 $8,795,812 $13,582,834 $2,841,885 N $5,847,750 $446,478 $0 $333,621 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $11,546,730 $9,423,954 $13,476,906 $1,494,082 N $9,708,442 $364,000 $0 $367,057 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $11,149,691 $7,184,999 $10,761,566 $901,518 N $10,105,363 $623,022 $0 $243,892 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $7,999,718 $5,887,317 $6,526,495 $631,139 N $7,870,948 $88,358 $0 $371,271 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $4,145,762 $4,773,153 $4,230,933 $447,978 N $3,612,878 $512,069 $0 $502,514 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $8,434,035 $4,023,689 $4,618,517 $208,171 N $7,967,260 $220,580 $0 $763,468 PDF

    Community Solutions

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