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Jared Brey

22 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximiz...

Next City

Emily Nonko

16 September 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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Since the Jersey City composting program, over 50,000 pounds of disposable waste has been used to fertilize home gardens, parks, and community gardens, instead of going into landfills. While scaling the program is a c...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the business safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licensed private dispensaries to supplement government-run sales has turned into a debacle for th...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

The Trace

Casey Parks

10 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Two years after reorganizing a police gun-enforcement until to focus it on an evidence-based approach to preventing retaliatory shootings, Portland city leaders abolished the unit in a round of police budget cuts and ...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

27 August 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Housing First, an approach that has helped many cities address homelessness, has failed to make much impact in Boulder thanks to a shortage of permanent housing and complaints that the program suffers from a lack of c...

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Kristi Eaton

25 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit is offering business services to entrepreneurs who want to bring their business online in the aftermath of the pandemic. Digital Detroit is the name of the program offering content creation and web...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

The Land

Conor Morris

17 August 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Health officials and Cleveland homeless shelters are working together to prevent a coronavirus outbreak among those who are experiencing homelessness. Mass testing, separate areas for the already tested and those yet ...

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

13 August 2020

Montana, United States

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Abandoned oil wells in Montana leak thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year, so the Well Done Foundation is working to plug up those wells. In about a year, the foundation plugged its first thr...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

6 August 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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When an eviction moratorium expired and the government's pandemic aid spigot closed, Boulder County non-profits and public agencies mounted a coordinated response to address a looming homelessness crisis. A gusher of ...

The New Yorker

Ana Karina Zatarain

5 August 2020

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastr...

Gotham Gazette

Ethan Geringer-Sameth

5 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City's supervised release program stakes a middle ground in the debate over abolishing cash bail systems by paying outside agencies to monitor and help people released from jail while their criminal charges a...

Montana Free Press

Johnathan Hettinger

3 August 2020

Sweet Grass County, Montana, United States

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A partnership between Montana State University and Seattle-based Waypoint Health Innovations is helping bring virtual mental health services to rural communities in Montana. Although the program has only been in resea...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Izabelė Pukėnaitė

30 July 2020

Šilutė, Lithuania

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A Lithuanian government program pays farmers to delay working in their fields in an effort to preserve the aquatic warbler, an endangered bird species. While there are 186 farmers who participate in the program, more ...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

22 July 2020

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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Zero Mass Water partnered with the Navajo Nation to bring water into the homes of rural residents who may not have easy access to a water source. Hydropanels that connect to a tap inside the home use sunlight to absor...

NBC News

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Brenda Breslauer

19 July 2020

United States

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Smaller cities that cannot afford costly payouts for civil settlements in police misconduct cases rely on liability insurance, which can act as a regulator when insurers demand reforms up to and including disbanding t...

Los Angeles Times

Anita Chabria

13 July 2020

Stockton, California, United States

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Since filing for bankruptcy in 2012, at a time of high unemployment, spiking homicide rates, and deep alienation of the public from its police, Stockton, California has served as an experiment in involuntarily defundi...

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Rachel Dissell

Ginger Christ

8 July 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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When COVID-19 emergency plans by Cleveland agencies to reduce crowding in homeless shelters excluded people still living on the streets, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless developed a plan to house people i...

Mission Local

Annika Hom

7 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Community leaders led the charge in raising funds for undocumented workers, who do not qualify for stimulus and unemployment checks during the Covid-19 shutdown which has left millions of people unable to work. A coll...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

2 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A program that aims to help New Yorkers who are at risk of losing their homes has proven effective in keeping people housed. Studies have shown that it is difficult to transition out of homelessness so its goal is to ...

Concord Monitor

Jordyn Haime

1 July 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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The Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team sends family and crisis services advocates with police officers on home visits to offer families trauma-informed services after police have responded to an earlier emerge...

Apolitical

Veronique Mistiaen

30 June 2020

Rwanda

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To raise awareness about and increase rates of HPV immunization in Rwanda, a local vaccine alliance formed a partnership with a digital-minded nonprofit to better directly reach adolescent girls throughout the communi...

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