Preventing Homelessness: The Best Return on Investment

Trisha Cummins Kauffman has served as executive director of Solid Ground since 1997. Solid Ground works to prevent and end homelessness for families with children and houses 400 women, men, and children annually in Ramsey and Washington counties. In her time with the organization, Solid Ground has received several local and national honors, including the 2011 Minnesota Nonprofit Award for Excellence and the Live Your Best Life Award from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. Trisha has worked with homeless families since 1994, serving with the Domestic Violence Project in Ohio prior to coming to Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kent State University.

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