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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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This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

CNN

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests that solve nothing. And, while less than 1% of its calls require police backup, the...

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As Domestic Abuse Rises, U.K. Failings Leave Victims in Peril

The New York Times

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealand provided for emergency shelter for victims trapped at home with their abusers ...

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The housing policy that's turning back gentrification

High Country News

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a Bay Area nonprofit leading the cause to counter gentr...

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Minnesota Food Shelves Go Mobile To Fight Hunger

U.S. News & World Report

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Food banks and relief groups in Minnesota are delivering food to rural and suburban communities as food insecurity rises across the state. Suburban poverty presents unique challenges because communities are spread out and lack public transportation as well as social services, underscoring the imp...

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COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services

Honolulu Civil Beat

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. While it's too early to know if this could be a viable ...

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To reach vulnerable populations, Berkeley goes on the road to offer COVID-19 testing

Berkeleyside

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City officials in Berkeley have recently implemented a mobile testing site for Covid-19 to better reach vulnerable populations throughout the region. Although the physical testing site will remain as the central point for testing, the mobile option has helped test those in senior homes and nursin...

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