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.
Eight communities gathered in Los Angeles this month to participate in the first Acceleration Boot Camp, a three day training event designed to reinvent the way local organizations move their homeless neighbors into permanent housing. The event builds on the success of previous Housing Placement Boot Camps, which targeted housing systems for homeless veterans.
Four times a week, several dozen Northeast Hartford residents can be seen high-kicking their legs and line dancing across the floors of the Salvation Army. They call themselves the Healthy Northeast Challenge and they are the Northeast neighborhood’s version of the Biggest Loser.
Greg Jackson, the founding director of our Brownsville Partnership, often invited those interested in the neighborhood into his car for a drive around Brownsville, Brooklyn. He loved to show off his neighborhood, a place that he relentlessly worked to improve.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, scores of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents found they were unable to return to their homes in NYCHA properties due to the severity of storm damage to their apartments. NYCHA quickly went to work finding vacant apartments in its properties throughout the City, but many families had lost everything – furniture, clothing, household goods – and faced moving into empty apartments.
Who: The Brownsville Partnership and the Municipal Art Society
The 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement of communities working together to permanently house 100,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless Americans, has officially cleared 30,000 people housed. The Campaign, which is coordinated nationally by Community Solutions, said this week that participating communities have now found permanent housing for 31,226 chronic and vulnerable homeless individuals and families in more than 180 communities across the country.
Ten years ago, Becky Kanis started on a journey that would earn her the description “social innovation rock star” and leave her with a tattoo on her arm that symbolized the present and future of her work to end homelessness.
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