Our work centers on the belief that homelessness is a solvable problem and that powerful ideas linked to collaborative networks can solve urgent, complex and costly community challenges.
The Northeast Neighborhood Partnership (NNP) helps Northeast Hartford, CT, which suffers from historically high unemployment rates and poor public health, to turn itself around. Coordinated by Community Solutions and supported by a broad base of partners and residents, NNP works to improve, simultaneously, the health and economic security of residents and the physical condition of the neighborhood.
New York City Sometimes the hospital becomes a home.Imagine being on the street with asthma, diabetes, an addiction to alcohol or cocaine. You’re sick and can’t take care of yourself. And you have no home base to recover and rest. So, the Emergency Room or a hospital room becomes, at least for a short while, the only place you get fed, get your medicine and get people to pay attention or care.
Los Angeles In a corner of downtown Los Angeles the neighborhood name says it all: Skid Row. Also known as Central City East, this four square mile area is said to have the highest number of homeless residents in the country.Skid Row is also a landmark example of how Community Solutions brings a practical, results-oriented approach to resolving homelessness in any community.
New Orleans Even before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the Big Easy had more than 6,000 homeless residents—but it lacked a strategy to deal with the problem.So in 2003, the Downtown Development District of New Orleans (DDD) contacted Common Ground's national arm, now Community Solutions, to discuss its options. “The idea that you could put someone in a high-quality environment and serve their needs and still save money—that was something we would be crazy not to try,” recalls DDD President Kurt Weigle.
New York The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement of over 230 cities, counties and states that are working together to house 100,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals and families by July of 2014. Participating communities have already moved more than 75,000 homeless Americans into permanent housing, transforming their public systems along the way.
New York The Brownsville Partnership (BP) is a network of organizations and residents working together to build on existing assets to create solutions to Brownsville’s most pressing challenges. Community Solutions coordinates the BP, which draws on the participation of more than 25 different local groups in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, as well as the robust engagement of local community members.The Challenge