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Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

Community Solutions’ Brownsville Partnership recently hosted fellow New York State Health Foundation grantees at The Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville. The group of nonprofits, each one committed to measurably improving the health of communities all across New York State, spent a day with Brownsville residents and our own community-based partners to learn about the unique placemaking approaches being implemented to spark a neighborhood turnaround.

Submitted by Jake Maguire on

2015 was a crucially important year in our evolution as an organization. We are proud to report impact across the US and in regions all around the world.

Everything we are doing is aimed at ending homelessness and the complex social problems that drive it by helping the health and human services sector collaborate and use data more effectively.

Whether the issue is housing, unemployment, public health or any other social problem, we think the solutions lie in helping communities learn to work smarter, collaborate better and iterate faster.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

Brownsville resident Kirby Mitchell job hunted for nearly two years before finding her current job as a security guard. After being laid off from the certified nursing assistant position she held between 2010 and 2013, she believed she had the experience that could lead her to another full time role. But a few months into her search she became disheartened and confused.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

Tyasia Sims, a 25-year-old Brownsville, Brooklyn native, was unemployed for nearly five months during the fall and winter of 2014. After submitting to job after job, she was hitting a wall. “I felt like giving up. I felt like a slouch,” remembers Tyasia, who didn't know where to turn after seeing almost all of her applications left unanswered.

Submitted by Rosanne Haggerty on

Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty reflects below on the life of Paul Pholeros, an Australian public housing advocate who heavily influenced our own work in low-income communities. Pholeros died last month.

Submitted by Jake Maguire on

This week, Community Solutions says goodbye to Jackie Kennedy, the interim director of our Brownsville Partnership and a 6-year veteran of our team. Jackie is moving on to do inspiring work coordinating partnerships to improve public health in neighborhoods all across New York City. We’re thrilled for her. We’re also sad to see her go.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

In October 2014, the MGB POPS marketplace opened its gates to the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn in direct response to resident calls for high-quality community spaces and a diversity of retail options. The goal was simple: leverage a placemaking strategy to create economic opportunity in Brownsville while activating outdoor space along a depressed commercial corridor.

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