The Zero Mindset: Homelessness as a Solvable Problem—Rosanne Haggerty, Community Solutions

Date & Time Apr 08 2019 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Speaker(s) Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions
Audience Open to the Public

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.  Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions, the organization behind Built for Zero, will share the zero mindset approach and explore with the Princeton community how this movement to end homelessness can be spread and accelerated using insights from behavioral science.


RosanneHaggerty, President of Community Solutions, is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness. Community Solutions 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. Rosanne 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 Rosanne founded and led Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing models and other research-based practices that end homelessness. She will be on campus in April as part of the Herbert Sidney Langfeld Visiting Lectureship, in association with the Department of Psychology and the Kahneman-Treisman Center.