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CityLab

Juan Pablo Garnham

29 June 2017

Long Beach, California, United States

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Unlike the rest of Los Angeles County, the City of Long Beach has managed to decrease its homeless population; coordination of key departments has been crucial to the city's success. "Since 2015, Long Beach has increa...

CityLab

Krutika Pathi

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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The homeless population in NYC stands at the highest number since the Great Depression. The Bowery Residents Committee has suggested changes to how shelters emerge, run and are funded. With a focus on results-based fu...

CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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With new mayor-ordained shelters and support services unlikely to function until 2020, NYC’s 60,000+ homeless population is left in need of assistance in the meantime. But recently, an anti-homelessness nonprofit—Brea...

The Atlantic

Maura Ewing

5 June 2017

Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Public defenders' caseloads are too large for them to be able to provide the details that a loved one of an offender can provide in court. Participatory Defense programs train loved ones of the offender to be able to ...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

31 May 2017

California, United States

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Victims of trauma are at risk for substance abuse, depression, or other difficulties. Trauma Recovery Centers are becoming increasingly prevalent for their ability to provide a wide range of services.

Richland Source

Emily Dech

4 May 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Food security has increasingly become an issue for many families across the country, as economic instability and other factors contribute to the rising costs of living. Catholic Charities in Mansfield is taking a more...

BBC

Elizabeth Cassin

Tom Colls

11 April 2017

Saint Helier, Bailiwick of Jersey, United Kingdom

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On the island of Jersey, postal workers don’t just deliver the mail: they also check up on elderly people during their routes. With a quick face-to-face chat, they check that they’ve taken their medication and if ther...

The Press of Atlantic City

Nicole Leonard

16 January 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey was one of seven states chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in a pilot program for SNAP recipients, where eligible participants can use food stamps for grocery purchases online for t...

The Press of Atlantic City

Vincent Jackson

27 November 2016

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey looks for those solutions being implemented successfully in other regions around the country to fight hunger in food deserts and poor neighborhoods, assessing what can be replicated in their local communiti...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Rahil Kamath

14 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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To address the food insecurity problem among its low-income students, Columbia University launched Swipes, a meal sharing app in which students with a surplus of “meal swipes” could donate them to students in need. Bu...

Daily Herald

Marie Wilson

7 October 2016

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

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A new online course called REST provides volunteers in Illinois with the necessary skills and a certification to provide short term care for people with disabilities, allowing for their loved ones and long-term caregi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 August 2016

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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The development of the ACE score in the late 1990s revealed that the causes behind many serious social issues-- from violence to graduation rates to poverty-- were rooted in trauma and stress experienced by the indivi...

KNME-PBS

Megan Kamerick

5 August 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

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Heroin and opiate addiction is a growing problem across the country, but it’s also a familiar concern in Rio Arriba county. Local health officials have tried for years to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the co...

Coloradoan

Sarah Jane Kyle

3 August 2016

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Two Northern Colorado counties and Fort Collins, especially, face high levels of homelessness, many of whom are veterans, though it's not for a lack of organizations; rather, a lack of coordination among veterans' ser...

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Washington state introduced higher standards for child care, many feared that home-based centers, including those run by women from Somalia, would close. But a group spearheaded by nonprofit Voices of Tomorrow ar...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Kavitha Cardoza

1 July 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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The Padua Project in Fort Worth, Texas, has set a goal of getting 100 poor people out of poverty in three years — with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. But, is it working?

American University Radio (WAMU)

Kavitha Cardoza

30 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Padua Project is an innovative program that has a goal of getting poor people out of poverty in three years with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. Its unusual success involved a collaboration...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

11 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco officials converted an abandoned school on the Mission’s skid row into a special kind of shelter with the means to take chronically homeless adults from the street and entire encampment communities, then...

Governing

John Buntin

1 March 2016

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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High Point, North Carolina, had the highest rates of domestic abuse in the state. The county decided to take a more comprehensive approach to the standard methods of the criminal justice system by adding in better col...

The Nation

 Hélène Barthélemy

9 November 2015

Bronx, New York, United States

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A misdemeanor for a poor person can mean denial of employment, housing, etc., removing any opportunities for change. A public defender's office in the Bronx is trying to stop this downward spiral by offering ex-offend...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 November 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Pittsburgh food desert, the addition of a new supermarket increased residents' level of satisfaction with their neighborhood. Researching people's relationship with food and their community could improve federal ...

On Medicine

Nancy Fullman

Alexandra Wollum

3 September 2015

Nigeria

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In light of a study published in BMC Medicine, authors Nancy Fullman and Alexandra Wollum take a deeper dive into Nigeria’s gains against polio and what they could mean for the country’s routine vaccine systems.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ashley Luthern

18 July 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After a rampant problem of violence among youths, Minneapolis enacted a violence-prevention plan which focused on collective action and stemming the causes at their source, resulting in nonfatal shootings involving yo...

Fortune

Amy Kaslow

29 June 2015

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...

Newark Advocate

Jona Ison

3 May 2015

Newark, Ohio, United States

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Research shows that successful addiction recovery requires a comprehensive approach and multiple types of support. Ohio is in the midst of shifting its approach to vocational rehabilitation to an evidence-based approa...

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