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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
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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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This weekend, Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty delivered the commencement address to graduates at Emmanuel College in Boston. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. (Photo credit: Merrill Shea)

Thank you, President Sr. Eisner, and thank you, all who are part of the Emmanuel community, for your welcome. It is a great privilege to be with you this morning. 

Mary Tobin
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We sat down with Mary Tobin, newly appointed director of the Brownsville Partnership, to discuss her vision for helping Brownsville address key issues identified by the community, like health, employment and safety. Mary, a West Point graduate and former Army officer, joined Community Solutions after working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Julia Orlando is not interested in your excuses.

Talking on speaker phone from her office at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, she walks me through the work she and her team have undertaken over the last several years to tackle homelessness locally, first among veterans and more recently among those experiencing chronic— or long-term— homelessness.

Increased coordination: check. A countywide commitment to Housing First: check. Clear monthly performance targets: check. Real-time, person-specific data: check.

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We are living through a moment of profound social disruption. As information becomes increasingly fragmented and faith in traditional institutions declines, more and more people are sensing the unraveling of the shared fabric that has traditionally connected communities. Electoral trends around the world seem to reinforce this notion.

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