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Just Like Air BnB

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In a hospital emergency room, patients with the most urgent problems are usually treated first. It makes little sense to mend a broken finger if someone is waiting with a heart attack. Yet this one-size-fits-all approach has long informed the way the country handles homelessness. Housing subsidies and assorted services are often doled out on a first come-first served basis, regardless of need.

Louisville battle cry: No more homeless vets

Monday, January 5, 2015

Back home from a difficult Army tour in Iraq, it didn't take long for Kyle O'Hair's life to unravel.

There were nightmares, anxiety and memories of death. He got hooked on drugs. He divorced. He spent time in jail. And he found himself homeless, haunting soup kitchens and shelters.

"You just want to be rid of the feelings," said O'Hair, a 35-year-old discharged soldier who served as a .50-caliber gunner in Iraq in 2004.

Norman to participate in Zero: 2016, a national initiative to end homelessness

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thanks to efforts by the city and One Vision One Voice, a collective of nonprofits behind recent campaigns to end homelessness, Norman was selected recently to be one of 69 communities to participate in Zero: 2016, a nationwide campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness in those communities by the end of 2016.

Zero: 2016 is spearheaded by New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions. The national program will work in tandem with Norman’s One Vision One Voice and the Cleveland County Continuum of Care.

Bringing Every Veteran Home

Monday, January 5, 2015

"One of the architects behind the New Orleans success is Rosanne Haggerty, who has been working on homelessness for 30 years. And she believes that veterans' homelessness can be fixed nationwide."

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Uneven Growth

Friday, December 12, 2014

MGB POPS is a direct response to Brownsville residents’ requests for more retail and food options in a neighborhood that suffers from historically low outside commercial investment. This open-air marketplace is a project of local residents coordinated by the national non-profit Community Solutions, their locally run organization, the Brownsville Partnership and was financially underwritten by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)’s initiative to activate vacant lots in Brownsville and East New York.

Ireland can eradicate homelessness by historic 1916 anniversary and here’s how

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

As Ireland’s homelessness crisis continues, some groups are starting to look outside of Ireland for possible solutions, writes Ruairi McKiernan. 

One such idea being investigated is the White House backed '100,000 Homes Campaign' which is an ambitious community-led movement that has led to permanent housing for over 105,000 chronically homeless Americans in under four years.

Philanthropy's Role in Ending Veteran Homelessness

Monday, December 1, 2014

I am on the boards of two small family foundations that focus on ending veteran homelessness. As a Vietnam veteran, this is something in which I have taken a personal interest, believing that our country has an obligation to ensure that those veterans who struggle to reintegrate into society will receive the assistance that they need -- and deserve. America has never been as close to ending veteran homelessness as it is today.

Local Businesses Participate in Small Business Saturday

Monday, December 1, 2014

For the past five years, Small Business Saturday has been growing in popularity, attracting more shoppers to spend their holiday cash at mom and pop stores in their neighborhood. 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, along with dozens of others did some holiday shopping at MGB Pops!, a pop-up market in Brownsville. 

"We're looking forward to spending money here in Brownsville and throughout the entire borough of Brooklyn," says Adams.