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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.

City Makes Headway getting Vets off Streets

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Some 747 homeless military veterans on Oahu have found housing since January 2015, but the pipeline refills at a rate of 24 new homeless veterans each month.
 
That leaves 221 homeless veterans on Oahu currently in need of housing, said Nate French, an improvement adviser for the New York-based nonprofit group Community Solutions, who is in town this week working with social service agencies and state and county officials to reduce the highest per capita rate of homelessness in America.

Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016: Rosanne Haggerty

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rosanne Haggerty is the president and CEO of Community Solutions, an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen low-income communities. Community Solutions works throughout the U.S., using data and design insights to solve the complex problems facing some of the country’s most vulnerable residents.

Brownsville to Become Site of First Technology Hub in Public Housing Campus

Friday, August 4, 2017
Check out these photos which provide an exciting preview of The Campus, the country’s first technology and wellness hub at a public housing site.
 
The project, which will be housed across three Brownsville locations– the Howard Houses Community Center, P.S. 298, Brownsville Collaborative Middle School (BCMS), Brownsville Partnership and the Brooklyn Public Library Brownsville Branch– is an effort led by State Senator Jesse Hamilton, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker.

Homelessness is a Bad Design

Monday, April 11, 2016
The CEO of Community Solutions, a nonprofit that combats homelessness, on designing a system that actually puts roofs over people’s heads.
 
Homelessness is what happens when people fall through the cracks of different systems, so if we’re to put an end to it, we need to create integrated teams—the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the mayor’s office, the nonprofits, the housing authority.

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.
Painting of Gregory Jackson
Submitted by Ashka Sheth on
Hope was inside the Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville in June when Community Solutions’ Brownsville Partnership opened its doors to the community for The Gregory Jackson Community Celebration of Life. The event was a celebration of the life and legacy of Gregory “Jocko” Jackson, in whose honor the building is named.
 
Jackson, a former professional basketball player unofficially known as the “Mayor of Brownsville,” was the founding director of the Brownsville Partnership.

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