The Brownsville Partnership

Residents of Brownsville, Brooklyn name employment, safety and neighborhood conditions as the community’s greatest challenges. In response, we're coordinating a roster of partners to help residents and community stakeholders make the changes they want to see in their neighborhood.

Overview

The Brownsville Partnership engages residents and partner organizations from many sectors in measurably improving the health, safety and economic prosperity of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. Coordinated by Community Solutions, the Partnership builds on Brownsville's considerable strengths to find solutions to its most pressing challenges.

The Challenge

Brownsville is one of a handful of New York City neighborhoods where the major indicators of poverty overlap. In this neighborhood of 88,000, 36% of residents live below the federal poverty line, 44% of working age residents are out of workforce, and 10 public housing developments form the largest concentration of public housing in the U.S.

Our Goal

Our team is working with residents and partners to:

  • Pilot and refine new job placement strategies and improvements to the local workforce development system
  • Facilitate resident-led improvements to public housing and community spaces
  • Pilot a comprehensive, evidence-based and sustainable neighborhood system to respond to and support children exposed to violence, involving schools, parents, neighbors, police, health and mental health agencies

Our Method

Our collective impact approach in Brownsville centers on data driven improvement strategies, including:

  • Convening local partner organizations around measurable, time-bound neighborhood improvement goals
  • Partner with NYC workforce agencies and local health and social services organizations to create a stronger, more responsive network of resources that can help Brownsville residents more easily enter and navigate NYC’s competitive workforce
  • Identify and engage residents around key opportunities for neighborhood physical transformation and redevelopment of neglected spaces
  • Identify faltering systems, like public housing and workforce development, and increase their efficacy for Brownsville residents through process improvement

Successes to Date

  • More than 1,200 residents connected to work by partners participating in ambitious job placement campaign
  • Gegory Jackson Center for Brownsville, a community hub, opened in June 2015 to serve as one-stop location for social services and community organizing in Brownsville