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Apr 3, 2014

Innovation is Key in Today's Fight for Social Justice

For social justice seekers of the 21st century, tactics used by the community organizers and philanthropists of years passed are passé. It takes an innovative approach to business, government and community to aid the most vulnerable populations and to bring real social change in today's world.These were among the issues raised at "The Business of Justice: New Horizons and Social Transformation," a discussion presented Tuesday night by Fordham University's Center on Religion and Culture.

Mar 30, 2014

VA restores aid to homeless veterans

The VA has reversed course in the face of complaints from community groups and a USA TODAY query and restored aid to potentially several thousand homeless veterans who otherwise could have been left on the streets. The assistance, for a category of homeless veterans who have less than honorable discharges, had quietly been pulled in recent months after a legal review of eligibility laws. The support programs — called highly effective by community support groups nationwide — funnel money from the Department of Veterans Affairs through l

Mar 21, 2014

A Total Reset for Public Housing

The Institute for Public Architecture was created to tackle these issues creatively. With this event we are supporting efforts to improve public housing in New York by bringing together experts and collecting examples of ambitious, achievable  ideas. As a community of architects, developers, activists, and researchers, the IPA is committed to quality architecture in the public interest. The shift in attention to affordable housing offers the opportunity to join together in making our city a vibrant and livable place for all New Yorkers.

Feb 24, 2014

Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood?

The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., is known for many things, among them huge public housing projects, extremely high poverty and crime. Last summer, a one-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed as he sat in a stroller in the neighborhood.But that's one side of life in Brownsville. Down the street from that murder, on weekday mornings, is another side.

Feb 12, 2014

Disciplined Disrupters: Finding Solutions in Brownsville

Since 2011, Community Solutions, a national non-profit founded by Rosanne Haggerty, has been working to empower communities to develop their own systems-level solutions to complex social challenges. The stated goal of their many different projects and initiatives is to “change public systems so that homeless families and individuals can get the transformative help they need at a lower public cost.” Their work, however, touches many different individuals, not only the chronically underhoused.

Feb 10, 2014

100,000 Homes: Housing the Homeless Saves Money?

Giving apartments to homeless people who've been on the streets for years before they've received treatment for drug or alcohol problems or mental illness may not sound like a wise idea. But that's what's being done in cities across America in an approach that targets those who've been homeless the longest and are believed to be at greatest risk of dying, especially with all of this cold weather.

Feb 6, 2014

The Experts

This piece is part of a Wall Street Journal series in which an exclusive group of industry and thought leaders engage in in-depth online discussions of topics raised in this month’s WSJ.What is the one change that many small firms could make that would make their companies more attractive places to work?Rosanne:

Feb 4, 2014

Instead of Merely Counting, Know the Homeless by Name

Last week, while most Americans were sleeping, volunteers in hundreds of U.S. communities were combing their streets for signs of their homeless neighbors. This Congressionally mandated search effort, known as the Point in Time (PIT) count, amounts to a national midnight census in which communities must attempt to document the total number of individuals and families sleeping on their streets and in their shelters.

Jan 22, 2014

A Street Grows in Brownsville

When the New York City Housing Authority built the Brownsville and Tilden Houses in Central Brooklyn 65 years ago, they didn’t think much about the street grid. Far more important in their minds were the units, the courtyards and the cost. Decades later, however, residents who are fed up with dangerous traffic and difficult street crossings are fighting to remedy the error of that oversight, and T.A. is helping out.

Jan 22, 2014

How To Help Homeless Families

Seeing Dasani Coates standing alongside the dignitaries at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month was a heartening sign. In December, the 12-year-old girl’s struggles living with her family in a decrepit city shelter had been vividly captured in this newspaper in Andrea Elliott’s series “Invisible Child.” Dasani’s story struck a chord.