Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Founder of Common Ground Community H.D.F.C., Inc., a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions to homelessness. Common Ground was founded in 1991 and has developed and operates a range of housing facilities serving formerly homeless and low income households located in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. In addition, Common Ground operates programs designed to prevent homelessness among vulnerable individuals and groups and to assist long-term homeless adults in accessing housing.
Common Ground’s innovative work has been recognized with national and international awards including the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, the Peter Drucker Award for Non Profit Innovation, and the World Habitat Award through the United Nations and Building and Social Housing Foundation. Haggerty is an inner-city Advisor to the Urban Land Institute, a board member of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, the Times Square Alliance and Quest Diagnostics, and a Life Trustee of Amherst College. Haggerty was a Japan Society Public Policy Fellow, an Adelaide Thinker in Residence, and the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Prior to founding Common Ground, Ms. Haggerty held the position of Coordinator of Housing Development at Brooklyn Catholic Charities, operating in Brooklyn and Queens. She is a graduate of Amherst College.