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More Needed to End Homelessness than a Home

Wednesday, September 14, 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.

Designed to Work: A Neighborhood-Based Strategy to Connect People to Jobs

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

In New York City, unemployment has fallen well below the 10%-plus peak it reached after the global financial meltdown and recession of 2008. While that’s hopeful news, it obscures a glaring divide: This recovery hasn’t benefitted the city’s neighborhoods equally. Take Brownsville, Brooklyn, for example, where only 56% of the working-age population is employed or actively looking for work, compared with 63% citywide.

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.