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Worried About America's Most Vulnerable? Support Social Enterprise

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Non-profits and civil liberties groups reported a surge of donations last month. Why? Because these organizations could be under threat during the new U.S. administration, Forbes reported. But if you want to make a philanthropic donation to an organization serving vulnerable Americans – either in your name or in the name of a loved one as a holiday gift – you could also consider social enterprises.
Social entrepreneurs create new ways to solve old social problems.

How the Social Sector Can Attract More Young Talent

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
In every organization and every sector, hiring managers want to find the best people they can. Ask anyone trying to quickly find the right candidate for an open position and he or she will tell you: finding fantastic people and convincing them to work for you is challenging.
In our experience, it is even tougher in the social sector, where the problems are bigger but the salary budgets are often smaller.

Advocates Release First Comprehensive Proposal to Serve All L Train Riders During Shutdown

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Regional Plan Association and the Riders Alliance released a comprehensive plan for managing the coming L train outage and improving transportation along the L train corridor over the long term. The report, “Fixing the L Train and Managing the Shutdown: A Community Consensus Proposal,” was presented Tuesday a news conference with elected officials and representatives from community groups along the L train line.
The shutdown, scheduled to begin in 2019, will close L train stations between Bedford Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Designing to solve New York City's Affordable Housing Problem

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Nadine Maleh remembers exactly when her priorities in architecture came sharply into focus. She had gotten her master's in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and moved to California, where she began designing hotels in Asia and corporate office interiors. After five years of less-than-inspiring design (which included a memorable trip to Las Vegas, at the request of a client, for "inspiration"), she was ready for a change.
"I was feeling like this wasn’t the reason I went to architecture school," Maleh says.

Wellville Welcomes North Hartford, CT

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
On October 1, 2016, North Hartford, CT officially started on its Way to Wellville, becoming the fifth Wellville community. In some important respects North Hartford is different from our other communities; because of that, we think what we learn here will benefit all of Wellville.
The most obvious difference is that North Hartford is an urban community.

Ranks of Homeless Veterans Starting to Thin

Monday, September 26, 2016
The number of homeless military veterans on Oahu fell 44 percent between January and August, while the number of veterans becoming homeless each month also shows an encouraging decline.
Oahu is now among five metropolitan areas around the country that could become the first to meet a new standard of reducing chronic homelessness among veterans, according to Nate French, an improvement adviser for New York-based nonprofit group Community Solutions, which is helping county, state, federal and nonprofit representatives pro bono to reduce island homelessness.

More Needed to End Homelessness than a Home

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In 1990, at the age of 29, I put together a small team to rescue a crumbling, bankrupt 1920s hotel in New York’s Times Square. The building was essentially a burned-out and infested flophouse, but our determined bunch restored it to its original splendor, eventually creating 652 studio apartments for low-income New Yorkers, especially those exiting homelessness.
Supportive housing was a largely new concept at the time, and most people doubted that our tenants could ever really transition back into stable society.

Brisbane homeless support program launches 'housing first' roadmap

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
For Wayne Downes, Queen Street Mall isn't the heart of Brisbane. It's not the most popular pedestrian mall in the country or the place you go to get a new jacket or iPhone.
It was home for three or four months of the worst year of the 57-year-old's life.