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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Ruth, the mother of two adult children, has battled challenges throughout her life, including more than a decade of homelessness. She grew up in state care from the age of one until she was emancipated at 16. Over the past 10 years, she has struggled through frigid winters and bounced from place to place as she learned to survive on the streets in Rhode Island, one of four states participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative.

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Katie Gordon joined our team this month as Director of the 5,000 Jobs Campaign. The Campaign’s goal is to figure out what it will take to help 5,000 residents of Brownsville, Brooklyn join the workforce by the end of 2018. Our own Jake Maguire caught up with Katie to welcome her, and learn more about her background and plans for the work.

JM: Tell me about your role here at Community Solutions.