The grand two-story lobby of the Times Square Building boasts marble floors and gold-trimmed ceilings. Common Ground redeveloped the once-dilapidated building into 652 units for low-income and formerly homeless tenants in 1991.
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The Times Square Building in New York City is the largest permanent supportive housing project in the United States.
More than 30 years ago, a nonprofit was launched in New York City to try to find permanent housing for chronically homeless people in Times Square. Now it has a national campaign that some people think could be an important first step toward ending homelessness in America.
Standing outside an elegant 15-story brick building in midtown Manhattan, Rosanne Haggerty, who runs the nonprofit Common Ground, recalls how it all began — how a former hotel became a model for housing the homeless.
English singer-songwriter Bobby Long has been writing keenly crafted pop songs since he was a teenager, and soon began attending university and performing at open-mic nights alongside future Twilight star Robert Pattinson. That connection paid off, as Long was chosen to perform a song with Pattinson for the film series' first soundtrack.
The Las Vegas Sun and The Associated Press are reporting they've been told by sources with first-hand knowledge that Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) will announce this afternoon that he won't seek re-election in 2012.
Fran Ross' Oreo is one of the funniest books I've ever read, but I've never quoted it. To do so, I would have to put quotations before the first page and then again at the last. Instead, I just use the words so many others who have been privileged to encounter Oreo use to describe it: hilarious, uproarious, insane. But these adjectives don't do it justice either. To convey Oreo's humor effectively, I would have to use the comedic graphs, menus and quizzes Ross uses in the novel.