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Chad Small

21 January 2021

Florida, United States

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This pr...

High Country News

Gabbriel Schivone

1 January 2021

Arizona, United States

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Constables tasked with enforcing evictions in Arizona are taking a different approach during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of forcing residents out and changing the locks, constables are delaying evictions to foll...

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Jared Brey

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Dozens of evictions have been prevented in Philadelphia through a program that calls for mediation between landlord and tenant. The Eviction Diversion Program requires that disputes be worked through before an evictio...

The Columbia Chronicle

Lauren Leazenby

18 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A chatbox is dispensing free legal advice and even writing and sending letters to landlords to help tenants facing eviction. Landlords typically hire lawyers in eviction cases, while the majority of tenants arrive in ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Audrey Jensen

Jill Ryan

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Madeline Ackley

14 December 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Houston's effort to significantly decrease homelessness was successful due to the overhaul of its previous system which was disjointed, had too many services gaps, and often duplicated services. The new system provide...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Jenifer Frank

23 November 2020

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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Cities throughout Connecticut have long struggled to enact a successful response to the statewide lead-poisoning problem, but the town of Bridgeport stands out as a model for how to get results by taking proactive act...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Agnel Philip

Rob Perez

24 October 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A 100-year-old program provides virtually free land for Native Hawaiians to build their own home or buy one from a developer. Despite a $1/year land lease and low taxes, the program has failed to promptly provide affo...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Keshia Naurana Badalge

22 October 2020

Singapore

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Singapore's Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) has prevented ethnic enclaves in the city-state through the use of quotas. The four recognized ethnicities cannot surpass the set quotas in public residential buildings, whi...

The Land

Conor Morris

19 October 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Renters facing eviction in Cleveland, Ohio are receiving home visits from members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). They hand out pamphlets informing the residents of their options, their rights, and the repe...

FreshWater Cleveland

Conor Morris

19 October 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are using door-to-door campaigns to inform tenants about their rights if facing an eviction. Although evidence is limited about the success in preventing the evic...

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Paul Vercammen,

18 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Recycled shipping containers ae providing affordable housing options to families and veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Wraparound services on site help tenants with everything they need to stay housed...

The Boston Globe

Jasmine Nicole Olivier

2 October 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Over the four decades that a major Boston public housing development was run by a tenant management corporation (TMC), residents' safety and relations with police improved in ways that serve as lessons today as gun vi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

29 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Jumpstart Germantown and five spinoff programs trained about 1,000 people in the art of locally controlled neighborhood rehabilitation. The Jumpstart programs target particular neighborhoods, mainly mid-range housing ...

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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...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 September 2020

Fulton, New York, United States

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Residents are using dollar-for-dollar matching grants to spruce up their homes in Fulton, NY, resulting in higher home values, higher morale and the formation of neighborhood collaborations. The grants are granted to ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Portland's new policy allowing for multi-family homes resulted from a long campaign of coalition building to address a need for middle-income housing that often gets overlooked in many cities. Although the Residential...

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Jared Brey

15 September 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate developer has teamed up with homelessness service organizations to house working families. The Lotus Campaign gives landlords $1,000 a year to rent a unit to a family that is at risk of homelessness or i...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 September 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa

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The South African government has provided free apartments to millions of people since the end of apartheid, in part as a way to address structural inequalities rooted in apartheid. The program has been a lifeline for ...

Law at the Margins

Joseph Young

Robert Warren

30 August 2020

Washington D.C., United States

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Washington D.C. has decreased the number of people experiencing homelessness through the implementation of its permanent supportive housing programs. The 'housing first' initiatives prioritize providing permanent hous...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

28 August 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dividend housing is an innovative initiative in Cincinnati giving renters the benefit of building equity without buying or selling real estate. Residents earn credits by maintaining the property, attending monthly ten...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 August 2020

Milwaukee, Minnesota, United States

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The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides a comprehensive approach to providing affordable housing in seven counties across Minneapolis and St.Paul. The large area it serves allows families to move into either urb...

Model D

Kate Roff

4 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Homeowners in Detroit can now access home improvement capital to fix up their historic homes, many of which date back to the early 1900s. The aid is in the form of a zero-interest loan which is paid back over 10 years...

CityLab

Emily Hamilton

29 July 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Abolishing single-family zoning rules as an affordable-housing solution has failed in places such as Minneapolis and Oregon because their narrowly drawn reforms left other obstacles in place. Houston serves as an exam...

The TRiiBE

Alex Nitkin

22 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After tense negotiations and protests, the Coalition for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) and the mayor of Chicago agreed to an ordinance guaranteeing a percentage of affordable housing for tenants making below 50...

Bloomberg

Feargus O'Sullivan

15 July 2020

Athens, Greece

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Athens's distinctive apartment buildings, known as polikatoikia, have unintentionally solved problems most cities grapple with. The housing complexes have given rise to a city that has socio-economic integration, dece...

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