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Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

"I'm so proud of me." 

It's a sentiment Wafa Abdul-Saleem, a Brownsville, Brooklyn native, shares with a beaming smile. It has been one year since she started working as an Associate at Butter Beans, where she serves up all-natural school lunches. She absolutely loves the job.

Just as she doesn't shy from praising herself, Wafa also speaks candidly about not always having the confidence she exudes today.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

“How many veterans need to be housed to reach functional zero?” This is one of the most common questions we encounter in our work with communities to end veteran homelessness. It also misses the point.

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.

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