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Provision of social services to individuals and families. These stories center on providing a broad range of social and human services to communities, such as homeless shelters, job assistance programs, basic emergency aid, family counseling, and youth services. Programs broadly related to ensuring a community’s access to food, shelter, and family stability fall under this category.

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Is There a Better Way to Collect Data on Homelessness?

Bloomberg

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A campaign to end housing instability is counting on frequent data collection to provide a clearer insight into the reality and needs of those living on the streets. “Built for Zero” aims to replace the current federal HUD model which consists of a single annual physical count of the unhoused. Th...

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In the trenches: Home healthcare providers take extra steps to keep everyone safe during visits

FreshWater Cleveland

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When the coronavirus pandemic impeded how home care professionals could perform their jobs, many organizations had to adapt to new protocols. In Ohio, the Visiting Nurses Association pivoted to create a COVID-19 “SWAT team” of nurses and clinicians. This model allows the nurses to travel in pairs...

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In Eugene, Oregon, civilian response workers—not police—are dispatched to nonviolent crises

The Christian Century

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Eugene's well-established CAHOOTS program for replacing police as first responders to certain types of 911 calls has become a model for multiple cities as they seek to replicate its success in an era of questioning the role of police. While it saves its city money and replaces arrests and possibl...

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This L.A. project shows that homeless housing can be done quickly and cheaply

Los Angeles Times

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A housing complex in Los Angeles was approved and constructed with unprecedented speed and at a much lower cost than traditional homeless housing projects. Using up-cycled shipping containers, the project will include amenities such as bathrooms and refrigerators for each room. Teamwork and colle...

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Give Housing, Save Money

Eugene Weekly

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Providing people with housing and then giving them the services they need to stay housed is also a very effective way to save tax-payer money. Reducing chronic homeless through programs like The Madrone Project helps keep the unhoused healthier, reducing their trips to the ER, and also saves tax ...

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World in Progress: Colombian women access tele-abortions during pandemic

Deutsche Welle (DW)

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In Colombia – where having an abortion can be stigmatizing, in some cases illegal, and now even more difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic – a clinic has set up a national hotline to help women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant aaccess to safe abortions at home. So far, the clinic has connected...

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