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Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

19 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program has helped keep more than 400 landlord-tenant disputes out of eviction court proceedings, mainly by using volunteer mediators to work out mutually agreeable plans for tenants ...

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Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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“More than 107,600 people were forcibly removed from their homes in India in 2019.” Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in In...

Transitions Online

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Heydar Isayev

18 February 2021

Georgia

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Ethnic Azeri students face disproportionate barriers in achieving university education compared to Georgians. One of those reasons is due to language barriers. Isolated from Georgian society, it's not uncommon for Aze...

FreshWater Cleveland

Connor Morris

15 February 2021

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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A 'pay to stay' law in Toledo and Yellow Springs, Ohio, is enabling renters to stay in their homes if they can cover any late rental payments in full. Current Ohio law allows a landlord to file for an eviction even if...

The Boston Globe

Meghan E. Irons

14 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Boston, four organizations that serve Black and Latino families formed an alliance to provide low-cost learning pods to students of color. Run out of two churches, the full-day learning pods “serve nearly two dozen...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

The Hechinger Report

Jill Barshay

8 February 2021

Israel

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Despite the evidence of early interventions when children are failing academic, a now-defunct Israeli remedial high school program had long lasting effects on the participants. The teens that participated in the progr...

CBS News

Li Cohen

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assisted Response) replaced police officers with health professionals on 748 calls for help. In incidents involving mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse, police backup w...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

The Washington Post

Paulina Villegas

Hannah Knowles

5 February 2021

United States

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Groups like Parents for Peace and Life After Hate use former radicals to counsel people in the grip of right-wing extremism. Bombarded by pleas for help by families since the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, these gro...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Michaela Haas

5 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Community Safety Partnership Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department has worked for a decade in 10 neighborhoods to prevent crime through building trust among residents, rather than through the LAPD's costly a...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Michelle Wiley

4 February 2021

Honduras

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5-15 Minutes

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Justice In Motion helps Central American people who were separated from their children by the U.S. government when they attempted to migrate into the U.S. One lawyer in Honduras has succeeded many times in her three ...

FreshWater Cleveland

Conor Morris

3 February 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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During 2020, the city of Cleveland reduced the rate of people experiencing homelessness by 30% due to provisions put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Using eviction moratoriums for those at ris...

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Clark Merrefield

2 February 2021

California, United States

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When a California law shifted the costs of incarcerating youth from the state to its counties, judges suddenly sent 40% fewer youth to state-run juvenile facilities. That reduction began a long-term trend that combine...

Denverite

David Sachs

2 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program deliberately reduces potentially violent encounters between uniformed police officers and troubled people by responding to certain low-level crises with a mental ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Bethany Lee

2 February 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Prison Books Collective and a partner organization, N.C. Women's Prison Book Project, for 15 years have collected donated books and then distributed them inside North Carolina prisons to incarcerated people who crave ...

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Doug Johnson

1 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the Sidewalk Project gives unhoused people gifts of marijuana to ease their anxiety and to show kindness. Since its start in the spring of 2020, the group has gifted gram-sized portions of weed nearly ...

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Cinnamon Janzer

28 January 2021

United States

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A pilot program may be able to alleviate the utility debts incurred by struggling customers who were affected by the pandemic-induced economic slowdown. A pre-pandemic program used missed utility payments as an opport...

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Christine Byers

28 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Broadcast TV News

Under 3 Minutes

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When people emerge from long prison sentences, they can be in a hurry to put their lives back on track. But, when enrolled in a voluntary re-entry program called the Concordance Academy of Leadership, they first must ...

Crosscut

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Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Over 15 Minutes

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Seattle Police Department's crisis response team answers some of the city's many 911 calls for people in distress, pairing police trained in handling such calls with mental health professionals. The aim is to counter ...

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Otillia Steadman

28 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Brooklyn district attorney is prosecuting few prostitution cases and has dismissed 262 cases that he and sex worker advocates say are a byproduct of law enforcement unfairly targeting trans women and women of colo...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Like many cities, Seattle is looking to Eugene, Oregon, for a model to shift resources from police to unarmed crisis responders handling 911 calls about mental health, addiction, family conflict, and other non-crimina...

Mashable

Chase DiBenedetto

24 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course...

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Christina Noriega

22 January 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the ser...

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