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City plots new development in Hartford’s North End

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is being careful not to make any promises on new developments within the recently appointed North Hartford Promise Zone, despite $10 million in fresh state money to invest in the area.

It's too early, and there are too many players involved, he insisted in a recent interview, to have a set-in-stone plan.

But the mayor does have a vision for the North End and hinted at a couple of industries he thinks would fit-in well with the area's redevelopment goals.

Reclaiming Connecticut's Historic Industrial Buildings

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Scattered across Connecticut’s landscape are thousands of old mills and factories. Places like the Gardiner Hall Jr. Company in Willington and Whiting Mills in Winsted now stand as architectural relics from our rich, industrial past. 

This hour, we take an inventory of these buildings and learn about ongoing efforts to preserve and reuse them. Later, we also talk to the author of Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, a photographic collection of deserted sites across the United States.

What If the Key to Ending Homelessness Is Just That—a Key?

Friday, May 8, 2015

There’s more to Housing First than that it works. It’s cheaper than anything else we’ve been trying, and that may be what gets it over the hump to becoming national policy. Housing First is as much as 40 percent cheaper than providing the services people need when living on the street, according to HUD and a good number of professors, nonprofits, and policy analysts. “The more vulnerable the person, the more expensive they are to take care of,” said Benjamin Henwood, an assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work, who just finished writing a book on Housing First.

Hartford's North End Designated Federal 'Promise Zone'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A 3-mile swath of north Hartford has been named a federal Promise Zone, a designation that local leaders hope will spark an infusion of manpower and money to one of the capital city's neediest areas.

City and federal officials announced the designation for the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods at a press conference Tuesday outside the old M. Swift & Sons factory, a long-standing target for revitalization that is again flush with attention.

These Social Innovators Are Transforming The World, And You've Probably Never Even Heard Their Names

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A global organization has recognized several philanthropic entrepreneurs in hopes that the honor will benefit their causes around the world.

The Schwab Foundation announced on Monday that 33 individuals have been named its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year -- an award that honors individuals who are pushing for progress on a variety of issues affecting underserved communities.

Ending Veterans Homelessness in 2016 is goal of Lancaster County Coalition

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Already seeing fewer people sleeping in shelters and on the street, a coalition to end Lancaster County homelessness is pushing forward with a sharper focus on veterans and new funding.

Coalition leaders said Wednesday that Lancaster County is the only Pennsylvania community selected for a competitive, national initiative called Zero: 2016 to end chronic and veterans homelessness within two years.

City participates in Zero: 2016 campaign to end homelessness - Additional beds at Bartlett House, Caritas House in the works

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last week, the Coordinating Council on Homelessness released its annual report that showed significant progress in addressing homelessness in Morgantown while briefing citizens on its future plans to hopefully eliminate the situation.

After taking part in the nation-wide 100,000 Homes Campaign, an initiative in which more than 186 communities worked to find permanent homes for 105,000 chronic and medically vulnerable, homeless Americans in a span of four years. The CCOH assisted in rehousing 206 homeless persons between 2013-2014, a 42 percent increase from the previous year.