Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As the season shifts, we at Public Works Partners wanted to take a few moments to reflect on our first six exciting months as a firm. Our staff has grown, and the number of strategic partners with whom we work has also increased. We continue to broaden the range of projects in which we’re engaged and are excited by the projects themselves and the impacts that they’ve had. Here’s a sampling:
- We helped the New York City Housing Authority’s Office of Community Programs & Development to re-think the way it connects public housing residents to critical, high-quality social services in the face of continued reductions in federal funding. This work followed assistance we provided to NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability to help them implement a new approach to connecting residents to workforce development and financial literacy services—one that serves residents more effectively by partnering with local service providers.
- We are collaborating with MDRC and WPTI to assist several respected NYC human services providers to implement Jobs-Plus —an evidence-based approach to promoting employment and alleviating poverty—in eight public housing developments. We are very excited that we are once again working with the Jobs-Plus model, as it ties together our earlier work with MDRC and the Center for Economic Opportunity to launch NYC’s first Jobs-Plus program; our engagements with NYCHA to implement effective strategies for serving public housing residents; and our work to integrate financial counseling into employment services.
- We helped The Door —the comprehensive youth-serving organization—design a sectoral approach to training young adults to land, and retain, employment in retail jobs. Retail has historically been a challenging sector in which to promote retention. Public Works worked with major retail employers on an advisory council to define career progress for retail workers and identify training and hiring needs. The Door will now take this sector model to scale, launching 110 young people per year into long-term careers in the creative, growing retail industry.
- In partnership with a large consulting firm we helped the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation identify greater efficiencies in deploying its staff, clarifying where additional resources would be most impactful. We were excited to see Parks follow through on key recommendations including the hiring of 400 new—and sorely needed—maintenance workers to steward the City’s expanding park system.
Public Works Partners is proud of the work our team does to strengthen the organizations that strengthen our communities. We are excited—and fortunate—to work with a wide range of entities in topics as varied as human services, economic opportunity and development, and open space. We look forward to continue working with our clients to increase their impact in our communities. Please let us know how we can help you and your organization.
Mark Foggin, Celeste Frye, and Scott Zucker