Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has provided Common Ground with a generous contribution in support of community facilities and services at our newest development under construction at 1191 Boston Road in the Bronx. Thank you, Wells Fargo, for the many ways that you strengthen our agency’s efforts to improve the lives of homeless and low-income New Yorkers. Read more.
Common Ground is happy to share that we have teamed up with EMM Group, the restaurant and nightlife group behind New York hotspots Tenjune, SL, The General, and Catch. EMM's The General has become known for the cereal-encrusted donuts — including Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Puffs — that are sold in the restaurant's bakery, and now a portion of sales from those donuts will go to Common Ground and our mission to end homelessness in NYC. Read more.
We are pleased to offer two Request For Proposal (RFP) opportunities for building upgrades to our Lee residence: an upgrade to our security camera system and an upgrade to the roof fence and rear courtyard rail. Read more.
This article appeared in New York Magazine on November 22, 2012 with the headline: Post-Sandy, New York’s homeless problem is even more daunting. One building in Brooklyn shows how it might be solved. By Justin Davidson
A few weeks ago, I watched a man who had spent much of his life living in doorways and cardboard boxes shamble into the sun-washed lobby of a new building on Hegeman Avenue in Brownsville, dig an I.D. card out of baggy jeans, swipe through the turnstile, and take the elevator up to a modest but clean room equipped with a bed, an ample window, a closet, and a kitchenette. He was home. Read more.
A message from Executive Director Brenda E. Rosen:
While the immediate threat from Hurricane Sandy has passed, the memory and impact of the storm will remain with us for a very long time. As New York begins to return to normal, I hope you and your loved ones are well. Our hearts go out to those who suffered personal loss and injury, and pray that friends and family were able to support you in a time of need. Read more.
We asked our employees, tenants, and partners to help us tell the story of Common Ground’s mission and impact in their own words. The result is our 2012 Celebrating Home and Community video.
Each year, The Doe Fund identifies an Employer Partner who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to breaking the cycles of poverty by providing not just jobs, but careers with opportunities for advancement. Common Ground not only provides job opportunities to deserving individuals but is also a partner in the broader fight to prevent and solve homelessness. This dedication and unyielding pursuit makes Common Ground the definitive choice for this year's selection.
For more information about The Doe Fund, visit their website at www.doefund.org.
Common Ground and its partners celebrated the opening of The Hegeman and its 161 units of LEED-certified permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless and low-income adults. Read more.
On April 30, 2012, National Grid presented Common Ground Community (CG) with a Green Cinderella Grant to help pay for environmentally sustainable equipment and features at our newest permanent supportive residence at 39 Hegeman Avenue in Brooklyn, as part of our mission to end homelessness in New York. Read more.
Common Ground was recently recognized for “Excellence in Organizational Vision & Management” and named a Best Company to Work For in New York State. Sponsored by the New York State Society of Human Resources Management, this award is based on surveys of current Common Ground staff and an assessment of our organizational practices and benefits packages. Common Ground was among 24 large companies named “Best Employer” in 2012. Read more.
On October 25, 2011, local officials and community partners joined Common Ground to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Downtown Brooklyn’s Schermerhorn, 216 units of affordable, supportive residence for single adults in the arts as well as the formerly homeless. The project was sponsored by Common Ground and the Actor’s Fund. Read more.