May 10, 2013
The 1990s were, in many ways, a rough time for New York City. Crime rates were high. City budgets were low. Desperate times called for desperate measures, and when Mayor Rudy Giuliani decided to unload thousands of subsidized city-owned apartments in 2000, it looked like the beginning of the end for George McDonald's campaign against homelessness.
Up until that point, the Doe Fund had relied heavily on government property to house and employ the thousands of homeless clients that enrolled in the non-profit's workforce training programs. As CEO and founder, McDonald was forced to think outside the blocks if he wanted his project ... More »