Please join the Wagner Policy Alliance for its annual State of the City event. The 2011 program features a panel discussion on homelessness in New York City. The panel, moderated by Professor Ingrid Ellen, brings together national and local experts for a conversation on homelessness and housing assistance. In 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made national news by announcing that his administration would work towards reducing homelessness in New York City by two-thirds during his tenure as mayor. However, homelessness has not been reduced and the Administration faces a difficult task in achieving its goal. The panel will examine the objectives of the City’s homeless policies, existing homeless programs, and discuss important themes to improve the understanding of what can be done to address the issue of homelessness in New York City.

Ingrid Ellen (moderator), Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Director of the Urban Planning program at New York University’s Wagner School and Co-Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. Professor Ellen recently published How to House the Homeless, a book she co-edited with Brendan O'Flaherty of Columbia University.

Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Welfare Policy at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work
Professor Culhane’s primary areas of research are homelessness, assisted housing policy, and policy analysis research methods. He is the Director of Research for the U.S. Veteran’s Administration’s National Center for Homelessness among Veterans. He is also working with several states and cities to develop preventative approaches to homelessness, including “rapid exit” and community-based housing stabilization programs.

Seth Diamond, Commissioner of New York City Department of Homeless Services
Commissioner Diamond has served in his role at DHS since April 2010. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Diamond served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Family Independence Administration at the City's Human Resources Administration. He oversaw the administration of the City's Cash Assistance and Food Stamps programs, which serve nearly two million New Yorkers.

Rosanne Haggerty, President and Founder of Common Ground
Ms. Haggerty founded Common Ground in 1991. Common Ground is a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions to homelessness and has developed and operates a range of housing facilities serving formerly homeless and low-income households located in New York City.