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Karrie Scarboro is a Brownsville, Brooklyn native who has worked with Community Solutions’ Brownsville Partnership for nearly a decade. She currently works as a Resource Specialist, aiding her fellow residents as they navigate New York City’s workforce system to find a job or career training opportunities. After years of being a community advocate, Ms.
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This week, Encore.org announced the 2015 Purpose Prize fellows, an inspiring group of people, all over the age of 60, who are using their middle and later lives to make a positive impact. We are thrilled to share the news that Linda Kaufman, national movement manager for our Zero: 2016 initiative, has been named one of this year's fellows.

"I am charged with being the movement’s public heart and voice," Linda wrote in her application. "As such, I stir the spirit and will of folks who have thought that ending homelessness is impossible. It is not."

Heart and voice, indeed.

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Wal-Mart may be the most recognized retailer in the world. In the U.S. alone, the company has over 4,000 stores, and over 90% of Americans have shopped at one at some point in their lives.

Another thing you may not know about Wal-Mart is that, at any moment in time, the company can account for every single piece of inventory sitting on any of its millions of shelves worldwide.

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Community Solutions president Rosanne Haggerty gave the keynote address at the Canadian National Conference on Ending Homelessness this week. In her remarks, she calls for a sense of urgency around homelessness as a public health crisis, and urges advocates not to wait for a perfect plan or comprehensive funding in their efforts to find a solution.

Thank you, Tim, Katherine, and thanks to all of you for the work you are doing to end homelessness across Canada. I feel privileged to be here to share and learn and help each other get better at the urgent work we do.

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Ray Graham is a 17-year-old Brownsville, Brooklyn native with boundless ambition. Acting, music, comedy, and visual art are among the list of professional pursuits that Ray confidently keeps in his sights. His creative energies and uncommon ideas have made him an asset to the community engagement and placemaking teams of the Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of Community Solutions, as well as a number of local partner organizations.

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Home to the largest concentration of public housing in New York City, Brownsville, Brooklyn has suffered from years of disinvestment, leading critical infrastructure to crumble, street safety to diminish, and once-bustling commercial corridors to lose foot traffic. While Brownsville residents have ideas they know can create positive change in their neighborhood, they often don’t control the means for making those changes happen. Instead, systematic neglect and bureaucratic red tape too often overwhelm aspirations for safer and healthier streets.

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Danny worked as a carpenter all of his adult life, until an accident injured his back and caused him to lose his right eye. As a result of his injury, he found it difficult to continue working and contractors stopped hiring him, citing the insurance risk.

Danny soon lost his home and began moving from couch to couch. He eventually ended up outside, living in the woods of southern Mississippi for six years. As Danny's health issues worsened, he lost most of his mobility and began to depend on others living in the encampment, where he "became part of the environment of the camp."

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Yesterday, the Institute of Global Homelessness, which Community Solutions helped to launch in 2014, released the IGH Framework, a new global approach to understanding homelessness that develops a common language for shared measurement and action. This is the most credible effort to date to grapple with the problem of homelessness around the world in a way that will allow countries to work together for real solutions.

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