Blog

Our work is characterized by boldness, creativity and a commitment to innovation. This blog offers a space to highlight the work of our team members as well as their unique perspectives on ongoing and emerging issues related to homelessness, health and community building.

Community Solutions Accepts World Habitat Award in Colombia

Community Solutions was honored last week to accept the World Habitat Award at the closing ceremonies of the United Nations World Urban Forum.

Livable Neighborhoods: Brownsville Empowers Residents to Revitalize Their Neighborhood

Our Brownsville Partnership (BP) and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) are collaborating on a community-wide planning effort to create visible change in Brownsville, Brooklyn and to train Brownsville residents to take control of the future of their neighborhood.

Livable Neighborhoods: Brownsville will involve eight free workshops over four weeks designed to empower Brownsville residents with the skills, tools and planning knowledge to revitalize their neighborhood.

25 Communities Convene to End Veteran Homelessness

Local teams from 25 communities across the country gathered in Washington DC last week to work toward one goal: ending veteran homelessness.

Tapping Local Experts

Fredjean Funn worked as an overnight Direct Care Provider until 2009, when she left her job to care for her daughter. Over the two years that she spent actively searching for a job, she became unable to pay her rent. At the encouragement of her friends, she came to the Brownsville Partnership in August 2011. There, the Brownsville Partnerships’ current Deputy Director, Kristin Woods, gave her information on a GED program and support as she worked to prevent her eviction.

37,000 Lives Transformed: Community Solutions' 2013 Annual Report

Read our 2013 ANNUAL REPORT HERE and see some of the details below:

The BASICS

Founded: 2011

Mission: We help communities solve their most complex social problems  affecting their hardest hit neighbors.

Staff: 38 full time, 16 part time

2013 Annual Budget: $5.67 million

CS and the Collective Impact Forum Help Move Needle Toward Large-Scale Systems Change

Community Solutions is one of the partner organizations involved in the Collective Impact Forum, a resource for practitioners and funders who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change.

Staff Q+A: Emily Behan, Communications and Development Assistant

As the assistant for the Communications and Development team, Emily works on obtaining funding for all of Community Solutions’ initiatives. She helps to strategically identify and cultivate relationships with potential and current Community Solution funders. Emily supports both the foundation and individual giving programs by conducting research, coordinating site visits, preparing reports and tracking deadlines.

NNP Develops Neighborhood Sustainability Plan for Northeast

Northeast Hartford, Connecticut is among the least healthy neighborhoods in one of America’s poorest cities, but our Northeast Neighborhood Partnership (NNP) is working to change that. With the goal of reducing unnecessary hospital utilization among residents and improving their access to primary care, we are leading the development of a local sustainability plan informed by a health impact assessment (HIA).

BP Resource Specialist Advocates for Mid-Block Crosswalks in Brownsville

As a birth and postpartum Doula, Yvette Rouget saw how unhealthy pregnant teenage girls were in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She then looked at herself and saw how inactive she had become. Yvette decided to do something to improve women’s health in her community, and we’re delighted that she has joined our Brownsville Partnership (BP) team as a Resource Specialist. In this role she will organize neighbors to create a safer and healthier Brownsville.

An Update on Some of the People Featured on 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper and the 60 Minutes team brought us moving stories of several of Nashville's homeless residents, many of whom are now housed. We wanted to provide an update on a few of them.