Solutions. What’s the solution? That question gets asked a LOT. Here’s an answer to consider… there isn’t a solution, there are only solutions. The myth is that any one of us, or the focus on any one area of effort, will adequately address the whole. Significant, long-term transformation can’t be done alone. There is no silver bullet. Housing is not a stand-alone solution, but it has proven to be a unique tool that integrates multiple dimensions of a healthy community that enriches people and place.
Here’s the thing: I am committed to shape Urban Homeworks into the most effective (I did not say efficient, although we will try to be efficient too) tool in the hands of our community. That means we listen… HARD. It means we are nimble and pliable in the hands of our community. It means that we ask the question “who benefits” as often as we make decisions. It also means we practice “playing well with others” and collaborating. We are excited to be a part of the mix and deeply recognize that we are only as strong as the fabric of relationships that surround us. Thank you. We couldn’t do it if it wasn’t done together.