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Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty

Interview with Rosanne Haggerty

Monday, October 1, 2018
In such a booming economy, why is homelessness spiking and affordable housing reaching a crisis in many U.S. cities?
Homelessness is not spiking everywhere, but I would say it’s the failure of housing policy and practice to adapt quickly to changing demographics and dynamics.

A former Connecticut factory will transform into a job incubator

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Swift Gold Leaf Factory in Hartford, Connecticut, will be converted into a major community job incubator by New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions and Massachusetts design firm Bruner/Cott Architects. The $34-million adaptive reuse project aims to spur investment in the low-income neighborhood of Northeast Hartford and bring restaurant industry job opportunities to a place where the unemployment rate has hit 26 percent in recent years. 

Rendering of the Livonia 4 development in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Neighborhood Set to Get 900 Affordable Apartments as Part of $1 Billion Plan

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New York City has selected three developers to build nearly 900 apartments on three city-owned lots in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville as part of a $1 billion revitalization plan for area.

The proposals outlined in the Brownsville Plan’s one-year progress report, which was released Thursday, focus on affordable housing, job creation, new community facilities and public spaces.

 

Hartford's Swift Factory Renovation Aimed At Providing Jobs For Neighborhood

Thursday, July 19, 2018
A $34 million renovation of the long-vacant M. Swift & Sons factory in Hartford is now under construction and will bring jobs and new businesses to the Northeast neighborhood.
 
But after years of planning, a challenge remains: fully selling the neighborhood of African-Americans and Latinos on the food business and incubator project.
 
“Looking at the trends around the nation, gentrification was a big issue, a concern that this would drive up property values, tax rates, people would start to lose their houses,” said John J.

St. Louis joins national ‘Built for Zero’ initiative to bring veteran homelessness to zero

Friday, July 13, 2018
Seeking shelter from summer’s sweltering hot temperatures doesn’t always come easy; especially for those people who are less fortunate.
 
But the City of St. Louis wants to change that, permanently.
 
Joining more than 70 communities across the nation, it’s the city’s newest approach that will use person-specific real-time data to monitor the homeless population so that chronic and veteran homelessness is one day down to zero.

Quicken Loans Partners with Community Solutions to End Veteran Homelessness

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
At Quicken Loans, our number one priority is helping people get into homes. As an organization that believes in doing well by doing good, it’s time we leverage that expertise to help solve a serious issue: veteran homelessness.
 
We’re partnering with Community Solutions, a national leader in ending both veteran and chronic homelessness, on their Built for Zero initiative. Built for Zero is a national change effort that is designed to help committed U.S.

Quicken Loans joins effort to end veteran homelessness

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Rodney Warner spent his younger years serving his country in the Persian Gulf. But he returned home to few prospects.
 
After losing a manufacturing job, the U.S. Army veteran wound up working and living in motels.
 
"When the economy got bad, I got laid off. My unemployment ran out. I needed somewhere to live," said Warner, 50, who has since been linked up with permanent housing at Piquette Square, an apartment complex for formerly homeless veterans in the city's New Center. "I got here and never left here.
Angie Walker, the housing advocate for Rockford, Ill, with a homeless man at the city’s bus station.CreditKayli Plotner for The Rockford Register Star

A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
If you’re eager to be reminded that humane and inspiring civic leadership still exists, read on. Over the past three years, nine communities in the United States have reached a rigorous standard known as “functional zero” for either veteran or chronic homelessness — a standard that indicates that homelessness is rare and much briefer than in the past for their populations — and 37 others have accomplished measurable reductions toward that goal.
 
What’s illuminating is how they’re doing it: by making whole systems smarter.

Brownsville Got Spring-Ready During Neighborhood Rebuilding Day

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Brownsville got spring-ready thanks to Rebuilding Together NYC (RTNYC), Brownsville Partnership, Brownsville Community Justice Center and local residents. Approximately 200 volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 28 for RTNYC’s Spring Rebuilding Day which provided free home repairs for local families and upgrades of community spaces at the Brownsville and Tilden Houses and Van Dyke Park.

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