Community Solutions works with partners to preserve and expand housing opportunities for those not served by the conventional housing market. We create attractive, affordable residences that promote health and spur community development. These often include retail, arts and community spaces.
We advance the development of compelling new types of housing that provide appropriate supports to vulnerable people, often re-using neglected landmarks. Studies have shown that such housing boosts local property values and can be a catalyst for economic development.
- Design. We create housing for groups with specific needs, such as veterans, young people leaving foster care, people with low incomes and homeless seniors.
- Redevelopment. We work with partners to acquire, restore and convert foreclosed or troubled properties, creating safe, attractive mixed-income housing that incorporates the homeless.
- Innovation. We emphasize practical, sustainable and replicable innovations in design, finance and building operations and property management based on meaningful conversations with those we house.
- Impact. We disseminate successful innovations through national and international networks to help transform practices within the affordable housing development industry.
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.