MacArthur Fellows Program

Rosanne Haggerty

Housing and Community Development Leader | Class of 2001

Title
Housing and Community Development Leader
Location
New York, New York
Age
41 at time of award

Rosanne Haggerty is a real estate entrepreneur who conceived and founded Common Ground, a not-for-profit housing development and management organization in New York City that provides innovative housing opportunities for homeless adults. Haggerty applies expertise in real estate, finance, management, and strategic planning to address the unique challenges of housing for low-income or otherwise disadvantaged urban residents. Her flagship projects, the Times Square and Prince George Hotel restorations, are bold experiments in financing, developing, and managing residences. The success of these projects challenges longstanding assumptions about low-income housing, such as the mix of populations that can live together harmoniously and the maximum efficient scale of such facilities. More recently, Haggerty has extended this approach, developing housing opportunities for young people aging out of foster care, for the medically frail homeless transitioning from hospitals, and for other groups with special challenges, both in New York and elsewhere.

Rosanne Haggerty received a B.A. (1982) from Amherst College. She is the executive director of Common Ground, which she founded in 1990. She served previously as the coordinator of housing development at Brooklyn Catholic Charities.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

News About this Fellow
September 13, 2016
"More Needed To End Homelessness Than A Home"
San Francisco Chronicle
Rosanne Haggerty , 2001 MacArthur Fellow
February 19, 2015
"For Even the Neediest, Housing Is the Solution to Homelessness"
The New York Times
Rosanne Haggerty , 2001 MacArthur Fellow
October 7, 2014
"Rosanne Haggerty: These Problems Are Solvable"
Faith & Leadership Magazine
Rosanne Haggerty , 2001 MacArthur Fellow
February 3, 2014
"Instead of Merely Counting, Know the Homeless By Name"
The Huffington Post
Rosanne Haggerty , 2001 MacArthur Fellow
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