Updates

Bergen County Is First U.S. Community To End Chronic Homelessness

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Bergen County has been certified as the first community in the United States to end long-term chronic homelessness.
 
County and federal officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center.
 
Officials launched a collaborative effort to address and solve the problem of chronic homelessness in 2007.

Jobs won’t solve homelessness. Housing can.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
As part of my work with people experiencing homelessness, I frequently speak to groups around Bethesda on the subject. I always ask the same question:
 
“How can we end people’s homelessness?”
 
And I pretty much invariably get the same response:
 
“We should help them get jobs!”
 
That answer, implicitly advocating for self-sufficiency, sounds reasonable . . . until you think about what it’s like to live on the street.

Madison continues push toward zero homeless veterans

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Madison is making strides toward ending veteran homelessness, although city officials estimate 30 to 50 housing units are still needed for veterans without homes
 
As part of two efforts focused on ending veteran homelessness, city government and the Veterans Administration Hospital here set a goal to house 130 veterans by the end of 2016 and surpassed that by housing 193 veterans, Mayor Paul Soglin said at a press conference Monday.
 
“It’s our hope we’ll reach zero by the end of 2017,” Soglin said.
 
That figure of zero is achi

After years on the streets, homeless vets in D.C. get new building to call their own

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
As a young man, Clifford Rowe played bass for Elvis Presley, performing on glittering stages across the United States.
 
As an old man, he slept on a park bench two blocks from his childhood home in Northeast Washington, wrapped in a military sleeping bag, his beloved guitars cinched to his waist with bungee cords.
 
A performer with a heavy travel schedule, he never stayed in town long enough to get a place of his own. The years wore away. Elvis died on Rowe’s 37th birthday. Rowe’s mom sold the family house and moved south.

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.

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