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Community Solutions: Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Skilled Volunteering

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Multi-generational poverty is a chronic problem in many U.S. cities these days. Studies show that children who are born into poverty due to unemployment, low wages, illness or other factors are often likely to repeat that cycle throughout their lives.

It’s not as if these people fail to recognize the credos that fostered the American work ethic: effort, elbow grease and ingenuity, researchers say. But they lack opportunity: The social and economic networks within their reach are limited and don’t always allow for success.

Formerly Homeless Veteran Has Special Moving Day in Maryland

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Montgomery County nonprofit helped give a previously homeless, disabled veteran a new home on Veterans Day. The effort is part of the Zero: 2016 campaign to end homelessness for all veterans in the county by the end of 2015. "I thought it was impossible," U.S. Army veteran Heyradine Oumarou said.

Urban farming takes root in Hartford

Monday, November 2, 2015

More vacant parcels and derelict buildings across the country are returning to productive use as urban farms and other food-related enterprises, according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute.

It's a movement evident in Hartford, too, from community gardens dotting city neighborhoods to veggies growing at onetime industrial locations like the former Swift Factory site in north Hartford, where plans call for a food-centered project to energize the economically challenged neighborhood.

BP Adams unveils over $5 million in investment for advancing economic development, job creation, and workforce training across Brooklyn

Friday, October 23, 2015
BROOKLYN, NY, October 23, 2015: Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled over $5 million in capital funding from his Fiscal Year 2016 budget that he is investing in advancing economic development across Brooklyn, including initiatives to further job creation and workforce training. He made the announcement at Sahadi’s, a multi-generationally owned Middle Eastern grocery store in Brooklyn Heights on Atlantic Avenue, which will benefit from a $35,000 allocation for new wayfinding signs to promote small business tourism between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Barclays Center.

The Conversation: Homelessness in Hawaii

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In June of last year, we considered Hawaii’s progress in the 100,000 Homes Campaign just as it was coming to a successful conclusion. Community Solutions, the national nonprofit that ran it, says the four year project housed a total of 105,580 people. Both Honolulu and Hilo had participated but had failed the criterion to house 2.5% of homeless folks each month. Community Solutions is now nine months into a two year campaign to help committed communities do whatever it takes to end veteran and chronic homelessness by December 21st, 2016.

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.