Press for Brownsville Partnership

Read recent media coverage of Community Solutions’ work to strengthen communities to end homelessness. For press inquiries, contact Alexandra Sanders at 646.797.4372 or

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.

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.

Sep 6, 2013

Seniors Trump Brownsville Dangers in Walking Group

BROWNSVILLE — Lifelong Brownsville resident Linda Beckford will warn you to "be careful" strolling a block in her neighborhood, the murder capital of New York where a toddler was killed just last weekend. The 70-year-old retiree scans the street on her short jaunts to the grocery, and she avoids leaving home after dark.

Aug 28, 2013

Brownsville Gets Healthier from the Grassroots Up

If you live in New York City and ride the subways or buses, you’ve probably seen the posters telling you of the dangers of eating too much sugar and being overweight or obese. Those posters are part of a citywide campaign to get residents healthier, because in New York City in 2011 almost a quarter of all adults were obese — while in Brooklyn, according to the New York State Department of Health, more than half of residents were obese or overweight.

Aug 1, 2013

Street Fight

Rosanne Haggerty, the founder and president of a group called Community Solutions, a national nonprofit that seeks to alleviate homelessness in impoverished areas, says that Brownsville “is a community with an awful lot to work with,” despite whatever troubles persist.

May 30, 2013

Tackling Homelessness in Brownsville

Though several New York mayors have grappled with the issue of homelessness over the years, the most populous city in America is also home to one of t

Apr 26, 2013

Hot Seat: Rasmia Kirmani-Frye

Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, development and the like. Introducing Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, the Director of the Brownsville Partnership. The Brownsville Partnership is a part of Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities to end homelessness.