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Comprehensive community solutions inc

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

Overview of Programs and Services

Building Human Capital, Communities and Affordable Housing

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Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

  • Non-profit agency founded in 1992

  • Location: 907-917 S. Main St.

  • Annual Budget: $1.6 Million

  • Staff: 28 (including fulltime, part-time, contractual and volunteer









The youthbuild rockford program

  • 16-24 yr.old-H.S. Dropouts-very low income

  • Over 3,000 applicants, 507 enrolled since 1995

  • 50% vocational training

    • Construction of low-income housing

    • Computer Technology

  • 50% education, support services, inc.:

    • Applied Academics (GED)

    • Employability

    • Pre-apprenticeship

    • Life Skills

    • Leadership Development

    • Service Learning

    • Project-Based Learning

  • Community Service

  • Support Services

  • Graduate Program/Alumni Clubs

How does the program work
How does the program work?

  • Youth who enter the program engage in a 39-week primary program cycle (October thru July), during which they spend 50% of their time in academic and related instruction leading to completion of a GED, and the remaining 50% in occupational skills training in either construction or computer technology.

  • They participate for 34 hours per week, and earn a needs-based stipend for their participation.

  • Upon graduation, they are placed in employment, post-secondary education, or vocational training, or a combination.

  • Youth participate in follow-up services through a Graduate Program for an additional year, and may remain connected to the program through its Alumni Club for an unlimited duration.

What makes youthbuild work
What Makes YouthBuild Work?

  • Systematic attention to improving basic educational skills.

  • Opportunities to perform meaningful work, learn saleable skills and good work habits.

  • Relationship-building with caring adults who demonstrate a strong stake in their success.

  • Development of positive peer group and provision of support services.

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  • Strong and effective connections with employers, with follow-up services.

  • Involvement in program decision-making - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT!

  • Long-term, full-time intervention lasting 6-24 months

  • Reasonable stipends during training.

  • Small program size

  • Accountability to standards

  • Flexibility, not bureaucracy

The national picture
The National Picture


  • SUCCESS 59.1% average retention rate

  • 35% earn GED or diploma

  • 82% placed in jobs or education

  • Average placement wage $8/hour

  • HOUSING 13,000 units of low-income housing

    produced since 1993

  • LOCATIONS 226+ programs in 44 states

  • FUNDING Each program procures its own

  • funding, typically a mix of federal, state, local and private funds

  • COSTS Average per-participant cost is $20,000, including stipends

  • REPLICATION Local control, with central training and guidance in best practices by national nonprofit with focus on program quality

Youthbuild and the investment triangle
YouthBuild and the Investment Triangle

■ Dropouts are substantially more likely to rely on public assistance than those with a high school

diploma. The estimated lifetime revenue loss for

male dropouts ages 25-34 is $944 billion. The cost to the public of their crime and welfare benefits is estimated to total $24 billion annually.

  • How does YouthBuild contribute to making “lasting changes in community conditions?

  • Consider these statistics:

Dropouts contribute to state and federal tax coffers

at only about one-half the rate of high school

graduates; over a working lifetime about $60,000

less, or $50 billion annually for the 23 million

high school non-completers, ages 18-67.

Are they youth “at risk”? Or youth “at promise”……?

Funding sources
Funding Sources

  • US Dept of HUD

  • U.S. Dept. of Labor – Offender Re-entry Program

  • Corporation for National Service

  • City of Rockford-HOME Program

  • National City Community Dev. Corp.

  • State of Illinois, Dept. Human Services

  • United Way of Rock River Valley

  • Winnebago County Alternative Programs

  • Nonprofit Housing development

  • Private foundations, donors

  • In-kind contributions

Community partners
Community Partners

  • The City of Rockford

  • Rockford Housing Authority

  • YMCA

  • United Way

  • Local trades unions

  • Over 175 employers, public and private

  • Numerous community agencies

  • Experience Works

  • Corporation for National Service

  • YouthBuild USA

Other agency programs and services
Other Agency Programs and Services

  • Affordable Housing Development

  • Neighborhood and Community Development

  • Character Education

  • Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship


  • A National Service movement that is engaging dedicated Americans of all ages and backgrounds in a domestic Peace Corps to get things done throughout our nation’s rural and urban communities.

  • Promotes core American values--community, educational opportunity, and responsibility.

How does americorps work
How does Americorps Work?

  • Americorps “Members”, either full-time or part-time commit to a term of service (usually 1 yr)

  • As Part-time members, YouthBuild trainees must perform 900 hours of service in a year (Full time = 1700 hours)

  • In exchange, they receive $2,363 as an education award to help pay for college or vocational training (Full time receives $4800)

Affordable housing development

Projects Completed 1995-2006

94 Units

74 Single Family

20 Multifamily

29 YouthBuild

Affordable Housing Development

  • As a designated Community Housing Development Organization, CCS acquires, builds, renovates, leases, or sells properties, primarily for low-income families. CCS acts as owner, developer, property manager.

  • New Construction/Rehab

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Rental Properties

629 Rockton

2111 W. State

2117 W. State

2305 School St.

Total: 16 units

Affordable Housing Development

CCS, Inc. owns and manages rental property for low-income families.

In the fall of 2003, CCS completed construction of a 26-lot subdivision at Pierpont and Green. The project is a mixed income development, with half of the homes available for low-income buyers. Phase 2, with 18 units, is underway this year.

Ccs construction llc

In December, 1999, CCS formed a wholly-owned subsidiary limited liability corporation-CCS Construction LLC--as a full service general contractor.

As a revenue-generating arm of the nonprofit, CCS Construction now provides training for YouthBuild students, as well as contracting both residential and light commercial work. The company is a union contractor.

Project welcome home
Project Welcome Home

  • In January, 2001, CCS, Inc. took over operations of Project Welcome Home, a community furniture bank.

  • The project receives referrals of families needing furniture from social service agencies.

  • Donations of furniture are accepted from companies, organizations, and individuals.

  • Volunteers from our AmeriCorps/VISTA programs help staff the project.

The way to peace project
The Way to Peace Project

The Way To Peace project

Promoting Peace Through Education

Mission: The Way to Peace Project seeks to end crime, prejudice and violence in the communities we serve by offering programs that promote character education through a multi-disciplined approach.

How can i help

Referral of young people to the programs

Volunteer as a board member, mentor or tutor

Donate construction materials and supplies

Job shadowing or internship opportunities

Job opportunities for graduates

Tax deductible contributions to support the operations of the agency and programs.

Join state or national YouthBuild Coalition

How Can I Help?

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On The Drawing Board

  • Charter School

  • Statewide Youth Organization

  • Zero-Energy Home Construction

  • Addition of other vocational training tracks

For more information
For More Information

  • Kerry Knodle, Executive Director

  • 815-963-6236

  • Fax: 815-963-1002

  • Email: ybrkfd@youthbuildrockford