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Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

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6 February 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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From North Carolina to California, states and cities are taking a new approach to fines and fees – people are having their charges dismissed, warrants for minor offenses cleared, and many municipalities are actually s...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

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24 January 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In 2018, a per-employee tax levied on Amazon and other Seattle businesses making over $20 million a year was struck down by council members with unfavorable polling. In 2020, that same referendum is being brought back...

Desert Sun

Nicole Hayden

27 December 2019

Indio, California, United States

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In Indio, California, the Community Outreach Resource Program (CORP) partners law enforcement with social supportive services as a way of holistically working with people experiencing homelessness, mental health issue...

BBC

Sophie Long

9 December 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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The city of Stockton, California is providing several low-income residents with $500 per month to pilot the effects of a "Universal Basic Income." So far, pilot participants report feeling less stressed about money, h...

National Geographic

Marc Gunther

5 December 2019

Rwanda

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Stanford University graduate Gayatri Datar founded a nonprofit called EarthEnable that aims to rid the world of dirt floors. EarthEnable sells an earthen floor covered with an environmentally friendly varnish at a cos...

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Aaron Moselle

21 October 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s WIC program, offering people experiencing economic hardship food stipends, is switching from paper checks to plastic cards. The seemingly small change will have a huge effect on how the benefits are use...

CityLab

Lizabeth Cohen

21 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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A plan forged in New York City suburbs in the 1970s addressed urban renewal and income inequality by creating low-income housing dwellings in nine separate towns outside of the city. Though the "Fair Share" program fa...

New Haven Register

Mary O'Leary

6 October 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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New Haven Nonprofit group ConnCAT provides free job training for low-income and disadvantaged individuals to help them find a stable income. The program has created positive partnerships with businesses and entities a...

WFAE

Mary Newsom

30 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, they’ve allocated funding for tenants to have access to free legal aid, provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina, in their eviction cases. With eviction often being the start of ...

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Alexandra Watts

17 September 2019

Mound Bayou, Mississippi, United States

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Mound Bayou, Mississippi has been in the middle of a food desert for well over 50 years, as fresh produce is hard to come by for this small Mississippi Delta town. However, a local farmers' market has begun to change ...

Los Angeles Times

Nita Lelyveld

14 September 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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An immersion course run by San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church aims to build empathy around the social problem of homelessness. The course has been given to many in the police force, who got a jolt from the immersio...

Washington Post

Robert Samuels

1 September 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi called Springboard to Opportunities is providing 20 single, African-American mothers living in public housing with $1000 a month, with no stipulations on how that money should b...

NPR

Pam Fessler

5 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Pioneering research has indicated that encouraging low-income families to move to "higher opportunity" neighborhoods improves long-term outcomes for their children. A pilot program in Seattle aims to put this to the t...

Vox

Dylan Matthews

4 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A group of economics researchers and county officials in the Seattle area teamed up to create a more comprehensive approach to housing vouchers. Rather than simply provide a rental voucher, the city piloted a program ...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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31 July 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Minneapolis serves as a model for other cities as it addresses the affordable housing crisis by de-incentivizing the development of single-family houses. By changing zoning laws to benefit the construction of duplexes...

Bitterroot

Daliah Singer

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26 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Embedded in Denver’s police department is the Homeless Outreach Unit, dedicated to building relationships with and providing access to services for the city’s population experiencing housing insecurity. They work clos...

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Liza Ramrayka

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17 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, the first Financial Justice Project is working with the city to eliminate fines and fees that hold back people experiencing poverty and financial instability and also cost the city more than they can...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

22 June 2019

Danville, Virginia, United States

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A network of member organizations in and around Danville, Virginia tackles the region's health and nutrition pitfalls by relying on the strength of their tight-knit rural towns to donate and distribute health resource...

Idaho Education News

Devin Bodkin

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5 June 2019

Kalispell, Montana, United States

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Placing students into smaller groups with peers of similar learning ability allows schools to allocate resources to struggling or underprivileged students. The Peterson Elementary School in Kalispell, Montana, has beg...

Firstpost

Sunaina Kumar

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13 May 2019

Punjab, India

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With the support of the Samaj committee, a local NGO, more and more Punjabi communities are downsizing their weddings. The events are traditionally expensive affairs, signifying pride and status, but for many, they ar...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

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30 April 2019

Zimbabwe

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Depression and anxiety impact people across socioeconomic levels and geographic boundaries, despite being thought of as mostly isolated to wealthier western regions. Because training mental health professionals can be...

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Kumasi Aaron

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24 April 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Backed by $160,000 in philanthropic donations, two laundry trucks frequent 7-8 locations in Denver, Colorado to offer laundry services for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Clean clothes are vital t...

CNN

David Williams

3 April 2019

Elkhart, Indiana, United States

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A community organization in Indiana called Cultivate "rescues" food from local caterers, hospitals, casinos, and businesses to then be packaged into take-home meals for students at Woodland Elementary School that come...

National Post

Charles Montgomery

Tristan Cleveland

22 March 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities around the world take an unconventional yet effective approach to combat poverty: measuring happiness. Cities like Vancouver, British Columbia have found success in building personal relationships among the eco...

Courier Post

Phaedra Trethan

22 March 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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In East Camden, New Jersey, neighbors encouraged each other as well as city officials to take ownership over the cleanliness - or lack their of - of the streets and homes in their community. In response, neighbors and...

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