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New Kaiser Permanente Partnership Aims to End Chronic Homelessness in 15 Communities

March 11, 2019

KP

Collaboration with Community Solutions will accelerate the Built for Zero movement to end homelessness.

AUSTIN, Texas — At the annual South by Southwest Conference, Kaiser Permanente today announced a partnership with Community Solution

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Built for Zero
Collaboration with Community Solutions will accelerate the Built for Zero movement to end homelessness.

Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions Partnership to Eliminate Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in 50 U.S. Communities

March 11, 2019

Tableau’s $1.3M donation builds on program that has already helped 10 communities end homelessness in target populations

 
11 MARCH 2019, AUSTIN TX - Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions, a national leader in the fight to end homelessness, announced today an investment of $1.3 million in software, services, and financial support to help eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in 50 communities across the U.S. by 2025.

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Built for Zero
Tableau’s $1.3M donation builds on program that has already helped 10 communities end homelessness in target populations

Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions Partnership to Eliminate Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in 50 U.S. Communities

March 11, 2019

Tableau’s $1.3M donation builds on program that has already helped 10 communities end homelessness in target populations

 
11 MARCH 2019, AUSTIN TX - Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions, a national leader in the fight to end homelessness, announced today an investment of $1.3 million in software, services, and financial support to help eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in 50 communities across the U.S. by 2025.

Initiatives

Built for Zero
Tableau’s $1.3M donation builds on program that has already helped 10 communities end homelessness in target populations

Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions Partnership to Eliminate Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in 50 U.S. Communities

March 11, 2019

 

Tableau’s $1.3M donation builds on program that has already helped 10 communities end homelessness in target populations
 

Initiatives

Built for Zero
11 MARCH 2019, AUSTIN TX - Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions, a national leader in the fight to end homelessness, announced today an investment of $1.3 million in software, services, and financial support to help eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in 50 communities across the U.S. by 2025. The partnership will help to expand the use of data and analytics in the Community Solutions’ highly successful Built for Zero program. Powered by Tableau’s leading visual analytics platform, Community Solutions will help local leaders in cities across the country scale a proven model that helps communities determine the most effective intervention models for ending homelessness. Built for Zero helps Continuums of Care-- independent organizations that include representatives from nonprofits, cities, counties, and other people helping to end homelessness within a city or region--implement coordinated data systems that help communities understand how to use data to improve outcomes and track an end to homelessness. Built for Zero dashboards are decision support tools to help communities understand what programs and interventions would be the most effective. They allow administrators to visualize their monthly flow of people entering into homelessness in their community, and break this group down even further into more detailed categories, to get a clearer understanding of who is in their system and what their needs are. They also allow service providers and local government agencies to move from working with aggregate-level data to person-level data, allowing them to quickly identify and address a person’s needs. “As a country, so much of our ability to drive down veteran and chronic homelessness comes from having good, timely data about people in need and how we can get them the right resources at the right time,” said Community Solutions President and CEO Rosanne Haggerty. “With Tableau, we’re able to streamline and automate analytics, which in turn enables communities to use data for decision-making and improvement, and ultimately drive an end to homelessness nationwide.” The Built for Zero initiative is currently active in more than 70 communities across the country including Detroit, Phoenix, Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Denver. The results have been extremely promising: to date, 10 communities have measurably ended homelessness for veterans, individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, or both: • Abilene, TX • Arlington, VA • Bergen County, NJ • Ft. Myers/Lee County, FL • Gulf Coast Region, MS • Lancaster, PA • Montgomery County, MD • Norman, OK • Riverside City and County, CA • Rockford, IL This is the first major grant made since Tableau Conference 2018 where the company announced it would grant $100M in software, training, and financial support through the Tableau Foundation between now and the year 2025. Over the next six years, Tableau Foundation will build the data and analytics capacity of organizations and public-private partnerships to address global health, poverty, gender inequality and climate action. “Community Solutions has been a pioneer in the use of data to empower decision-makers and make an end to homelessness possible,” said Tableau Foundation Global Head, Neal Myrick. “By scaling this program and helping eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in an additional 50 communities, we have an opportunity to help change the national conversation and show that this is a challenge we can overcome within our lifetime.” For more information, please contact: Anna Kim Community Solutions 929-263-4181 [email protected] Steve Schwartz Tableau Foundation 206-410-3003 [email protected] About Tableau Foundation The Tableau Foundation is a philanthropic initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau’s two most valuable resources – its people and its products – with financial support to nonprofits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.tableaufoundation.org. About Community Solutions Community Solutions helps communities adopt the best problem-solving tools from multiple sectors to end homelessness and the conditions that create it. We work upstream and downstream of homelessness by helping communities end it where it happens and improve the conditions of inequality that make it more likely to happen in the future, especially in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. To learn more, visit www.community.solutions.

Start of Redevelopment Project at the Former Swift Factory Celebrated at Community Groundbreaking Event

September 10, 2018

Renovation of historic site aims to create jobs and improve access to locally produced food

Rendering of the Swift Factory redevelopment
HARTFORD, CONN. (September 10, 2018) Senator Richard Blumenthal, Representative John B.

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Real Estate
HARTFORD, CONN. (September 10, 2018) Senator Richard Blumenthal, Representative John B. Larson, and Mayor Luke Bronin joined Community Solutions and residents of North Hartford in breaking ground on the redevelopment of the Swift Factory on Saturday. The historic site will become a food business hub expected to bring more than 150 long-term jobs to the North Hartford Promise Zone. The site was donated to national nonprofit Community Solutions by the Swift family, which operated a prominent gold leaf manufacturing business at the site for more than 100 years. The factory and surrounding campus, vacant since 2005, will be transformed into an economic engine for job creation and health promotion centered on food growing, production, distribution, and education. The $33 million project involves an innovative blend of public and private capital enabled by the federal Promise Zone designation and the support of local and national funders. “We knew it was important to preserve this historic community asset, but it was community residents who made it clear that that the need was to bring good jobs back to the site,” said Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty. “Making this happen required extraordinary creativity and collaboration. We are grateful to the local and national investors and partners who shared this vision and worked patiently to make it happen.” The Swift Factory restoration plays a pivotal role in the renewal efforts for the North Hartford Promise Zone, an initiative started by President Barack Obama that provides an infusion of federal resources into 22 communities around the country to spur economic opportunity, among other aims. Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and Representative Larson, along with city and community organizations, worked to secure North Hartford’s Promise Zone designation, which was received in 2015. “Today we celebrate a new chapter in the rebirth and revitalization of the old Swift Factory—soon to become once again an anchor of jobs, opportunity, and investment in the North End,” said Senator Blumenthal. “I was proud to fight for the federal dollars that helped this project become a reality, and I will continue to work closely with community leaders to ensure the Promise Zone designation continues to provide tangible, lasting change for the neighborhood and its residents.” Senator Chris Murphy, who was not able to attend the groundbreaking celebration, was a champion of this redevelopment project, particularly when it came to designating North Hartford as a Promise Zone. “Three years ago, I stood outside the Swift Factory celebrating the North Hartford’s Promise Zone designation we had all worked so hard to win. President Obama started the program because he knew it could jumpstart neighborhoods like the North End, and it’s projects like this one that drove me to convene community leaders and civic organizations a few years ago to make it a reality,” said Senator Murphy. “I hope this excites the community and incentivizes a wave of development to create jobs and improve the lives of North End residents.” “Today is a historic day for the North End of Hartford. Today’s groundbreaking is a step forward for the revitalization of the Historic Swift Factory. Its new role as a hub for food business, health, and jobs will make a huge impact on this community. I would like to congratulate Mayor Bronin and Community Solutions for all their work on this project,” said Representative Larson. “For more than a century, the Swift factory was an iconic and important industrial facility in Hartford, and after years of lying vacant, it will soon come back to life as a hub for innovative, food-focused businesses,” said Mayor Bronin. “This is a very large project and many partners have worked together over several years to make it possible. I want to thank everyone who is involved, from Community Solutions to our entire congressional delegation to city staff and CRDA staff for their tremendous work and commitment to transforming an eyesore into a new source of energy and employment in the North Hartford Promise Zone.” The Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, a neighborhood advocacy group, played a critical role in saving the Swift Factory from demolition after years of vacancy and worked in close collaboration with Community Solutions to center the factory’s renewal around residents’ priorities. "The Northeast Revitalization Association (NERA) supports Community Solutions vision to transform the Swift Factory, which had become a vacant, blighted brownfield site, into a genuine asset in the revitalization of the neighborhood,” said NERA President Darlene Robertson-Childs. “We need projects like this here to spark investment, entrepreneurial activity, and job creation." Local restaurant group Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be an anchor tenant and will produce their line of sides and sauces onsite. The redeveloped factory will also include a 35,000-square-foot indoor farm run by FreshBox Farms, and a commercial kitchen space and incubator for developing local food businesses. The two historic houses on the property are also being redeveloped for community uses. The project is funded by a diverse mix of public and private sources, including New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, government grants, economic and community development loans, and philanthropic capital. For more information, please visit www.swiftfactory.org ### About Community Solutions: Community Solutions (CS) supports local communities in solving urgent, complex social problems where the gaps between high costs and poor results for vulnerable people are the greatest. A national nonprofit organization based in New York City, CS brings together local innovators, committed citizens, government, businesses and nonprofits to design practical, cost-effective solutions that can be implemented, measured and spread quickly Full List of Project Partners: Developer · Community Solutions Tax Credit Equity: · US Bank · Eversource New Markets Tax Credit Allocations: · National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) · Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) · Boston Community Capital (BCC) Senior Permanent Loan: · Boston Community Loan Fund (BCLF) Bridge Financing: · Boston Community Loan Fund (BCLF) · Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) Subordinate Public Debt Financing: · The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) · Connecticut’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DECD) Federal Grants: · U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Community Services · The Environmental Protection Agency · U.S. Economic Development Administration Philanthropic Support: · JP Morgan Chase Foundation · Cigna Foundation · Hartford Foundation for Public Giving · Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund · Travelers Foundation · Newman’s Own Foundation · Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation · DECD Brownfield Municipal Pilot Program · DECD Business Express · The Met Life Foundation · Noble Charitable Trust · The Elfenworks Foundation · Annie E. Casey Foundation · Boeringer Ingelheim · Anonymous Donor · Rx Foundation · Kresge Foundation · Swift Family Construction: · Consigli Construction · Capital Restoration Architect: · Bruner Cott

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