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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.

Built for Zero Tulsa surpasses 1,000 people housed in effort to stymie chronic, veteran homelessness

Friday, April 20, 2018
Pleased to settle into his new home Wednesday, William Gower first wanted nothing more than a refreshing shower.
 
There was no furniture yet to move around on the white-tiled floors of the one-bedroom apartment. But the 37-year-old had bedding materials and a pillow.
 
Most importantly, the space was his own.
 
“It’s been a struggle,” Gower said. “Maybe it’s a new start for me.
La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

Monday, April 9, 2018
After a La Crosse-based collaboration met its goal of rapidly housing 10 homeless families, organizers are setting their sights on helping two new populations. The organization's newest goal is to house all veterans and chronically homeless people in our area. The "La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness" has a lot of local partners, but this time group leaders are teaming up with a national movement. At the beginning of January, the collaborative joined the "Built for Zero Movement" by the organization Community Solutions

Place-based early literacy initiatives giving families a sense of community pride

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Since 2012, families in Grundy County, Tennessee — northwest of Chattanooga — have been learning about lesser-known treasures in their rural community in partnership with the Yale Child Study Center, Scholastic and Sewanee: The University of the South.
 
Discover Together Grundy is a place-based, early literacy and family resilience initiative that aims to build stronger connections between families as they learn and share the stories that surround them.

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