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Katie Pyzyk

14 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Some of Chicago's public housing buildings now house a public library on the base floor. The co-location design is a result of a collaboration between the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Housing Authority intended ...

The New York Times

Dana Goldstein

4 January 2019

San Jose, California, United States

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In an attempt to retain teacher talent, the Santa Clara Unified School District has begun renting out apartments to teachers at subsidized rates so they can afford to stay and teach. While several cities across the co...

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Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 December 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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An initiative in St. Petersburg has reduced the number of vacant houses while increasing access to affordable housing. The city takes ownership of vacant lots and abandoned homes, then sells the properties to affordab...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

26 November 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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While more permanent housing is built to meet demand in the Netherlands, the stopgap answer is to build “tiny homes.” Completely built in a factory, these tiny homes still provide all basic housing amenities. They wil...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

22 November 2018

Eagle, Colorado, United States

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As tourists increasingly visit mountainous resort towns and home prices rise to accommodate these visitors, it’s hard to live on a budget, especially as a young person. One family of developer is addressing this issue...

CityLab

Megan Kimble

12 November 2018

Austin, United States

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Just outside of Austin, Texas, Community First! Village lives up to its name, emphasizing personal connections and stable relationships while also providing people experiencing homelessness with affordable rents in ti...

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Jake Neher

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12 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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As Michigan cities struggle with high eviction rates, Cleveland is trying out some creative ways to mitigate the difficult effects of eviction. One effort, mediation between tenants and landlords, might lead to evicti...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A fight against a condo in chinatown shows the power of local activists. When private developers tried building condos near a memorial, Chinese residents who had been in the neighborhood for decades were outraged: it ...

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Lauren Greenawalt

9 November 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When local policy initiatives fail, it is often because they are not meeting local needs in a way that residents want. The Boston Housing Innovation Lab, know as the iLab, seeks to combat this challenge. So far, it ha...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

9 November 2018

United States

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A growing number of tenant-focused websites are trying to level the power dynamic between shoddy landlords and tenants by giving tenants a voice. “There is a big power mismatch in today’s rental market, but it doesn’t...

Governing

David Kidd

1 November 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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As Baltimore's population has rapidly declined in the past few decades, outmigrants have left a trail of over 16,000 vacant homes. After decades of underwhelming initiatives, the city thinks it might have found a part...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

The Christian Science Monitor

Eva Fedderly

24 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When a need for more libraries and more affordable housing arose in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pursued a plan to combine the two. The result is a partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Publ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

22 October 2018

United States

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Community development groups are working closely with "middle neighborhoods" - areas "that aren't distressed today, but they may become so sooner than anyone expects." From Cleveland to Milwaukee to Chicago, CDCs are ...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

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19 October 2018

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Landed will pay for half a teacher's down payment on a home in exchange for a quarter of profits when the house is sold down the line. The San Francisco-based startup has recently arrived in Bellevue, where the median...

Washington Post

Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

14 October 2018

Santa Clarita, California, United States

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After serving the military, plenty of families struggle to buy homes. In Southern California, that’s changing with help from non-profit Homes 4 Families, which acquires funding from the government, good development de...

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Emily Nonko

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3 October 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Kate Sofis created SFMade in San Francisco to find creative ways to support local manufacturing. The organization has helped push the local government to create more inclusionary industrial zoning, which incentivizes ...

Daily Nation

Aggrey Omboki

27 September 2018

Kenya

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Kenya is launching a program to build more affordable housing by providing infrastructure like water and roads, as well as funding from the World Bank and lower levies on the cost of doing business in order to attract...

The Guardian

Mattha Busby

25 September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

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There are an estimated over 200,000 vacant homes across England, and Community Campus 87 is one group attempting to bring those homes back to life. By employing apprentices, some who have experienced homelessness, to ...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

21 September 2018

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Hospitals have a complicated track record of community development projects. Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is working with nonprofit community developers to improve the public health of the surround...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew Yawn

19 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Reverend Welch moved to Montgomery in 1985 and sparked a decades-long fight to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding his church in an affordable and inclusive manner. Since then, the Greater Washington Park neighbor...

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Eillie Anzilotti

7 September 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Starry is a Boston-based internet provider that uses a “hub-and-spoke” model to beam 5G internet into receptors in people’s homes to decrease the cost of internet. Beyond this creative use of technology, the company i...

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Emily Nonko

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5 September 2018

Florida, United States

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A community land trust is helping people in the Keys find another home, after Hurricane Irma ravished the area. “Four cottages are expected to wrap construction this fall, with another five finished by early 2019.” Th...

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