Greg Jackson, the founding director of our Brownsville Partnership, died suddenly May 1 of an apparent heart attack. Greg was attending a meeting with the Parks Department, having just met with his colleagues at the Partnership to plan the upcoming Brownsville Day of Service. While Greg’s death was a shock, the fact that he was working to improve Brownsville till his last breath came as no surprise.
Northeast Hartford is a place of contradictions, seemingly equal parts opportunities and obstacles. Walking through the neighborhood, one stumbles along crumbling sidewalks under broken streetlights, then finds groups of engaging young people gathered at street corners, energetic but bored. A large historic park provides hundreds of acres of green space, but it is seldom used, as fear of crime keeps residents traveling their own well-worn routes. Two and three-family homes line the streets, many long in need of repair.
Photo: The McKinley family is one of many helped by the Home to Stay program.
Catherine Craig has worked with people and communities from the Philippines to Latin America. As Director of Health Integration at Community Solutions, she oversees elements of just about every major project we're working on. In this month's staff Q+A, we caught up with Catherine to learn more about her work to end homelessness, improve health outcomes, and build efficient systems to ensure that families and individuals can thrive in permanent housing.
The following is the text, as prepared for delivery, of an address by Rosanne Haggerty at New York's Zoning the City conference on November 15, 2011. The conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of New York City's zoning code. In her remarks, Haggerty argued for strong investments in the city's worst-off neighborhoods to improve taxpayer outcomes, increase New York's global competitiveness, and remain on the right side of history.
The following piece appeared on HuffingtonPost.com on Monday November 14, 2011.
Homelessness disproportionately emerges from the poorest neighborhoods in our nation, and that reality begs a question that goes to the heart of ending homelessness: why not go to the places where there is greatest instability and keep vulnerable people from becoming homeless in the first place? That question may seem simple, but -- based on over 20 years' work with the homeless -- it's crucial to the goal of ending, rather than just addressing, homelessness.
From 2003-2007, Becky Kanis led the successful effort that reduced street homelessness in Times Square by 87%. Now, she's taking what she learned to communities across the country as Director of our 100,000 Homes Campaign. In a candid Q+A, she opens up about her values, her military background, and the reason she's passionate about ending homelessness.
Q. What is the 100,000 Homes Campaign?