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.
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.
David Thompson is Chief Learning Officer at Community Solutions. Even though he holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, he thinks not knowing is more powerful than having all the answers.
Beth Sandor directs the Zero: 2016 initiative for Community Solutions, a national effort to help 75 communities end chronic and veteran homelessness.
I am doing a bad job of training for a marathon.
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.
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.
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.
Herb Virgo makes it a point to regularly say 'community ownership'. It's a small but important addition to his conversations with residents, organizations and politicians living in or working for the high-poverty community of his native North Hartford, Connecticut. It also serves as an example of his dedication to strengthening ties in an area that is in urgent need of turnaround in physical infrastructure, employment, and health outcomes.
23,439. Thanks to your support, that’s the number of veterans who moved from homelessness to permanent housing this year in the 80 communities where Community Solutions does its work. That number represents changed lives for veterans, but it also represents a savings to taxpayers of more than $30 million in emergency room and shelter costs. We are helping communities prove that it's possible to do the right thing for people in need and be cost effective at the same time.
This week, the Rockford/Boone/Winnebago continuum of care, a region of over 350,000 people in Northern Illinois, became the first community in the country to announce that it has achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness, a major accomplishment in the nationwide fight to end veteran homelessness.
Several other communities have already announced they have ended veteran homelessness. What makes this one is unique?