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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...

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...

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Cheryl Splain

2 March 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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The Knox County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Knox County land bank, takes abandoned properties that are vacant and tax delinquent, revitalizes them, and then sells them to new owners. This elimina...

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Claire Goforth

27 February 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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After the residential real estate market collapsed a decade ago, a developer that had been revitalizing an impoverished Jacksonville neighborhood with single-family homes pivoted to a broader approach to reducing crim...

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Nathan Morabito

18 February 2020

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Upcycled shipping containers may be the latest answer to the affordable housing problem afflicting cities across America. A Nashville developer has built a complex known as 83 Freight, named after the 83-container uni...

The Guardian

Matt Krupnick

13 February 2020

United States

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Once-bustling cities contend with population decline by rethinking their use of space for those who remain. Baltimore, New Bedford, and Youngstown have implemented strategies that range from knocking down abandoned ho...

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Sarah Rigg

11 December 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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A nonprofit was born out of a gesture of kindness from a group of friends who came together to fix and furnish a home for a single mom suddenly finding herself without a place to stay. House N2 Home has renovated and ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Krista Johnson

20 September 2019

Woodlawn, Alabama, United States

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Eighteen "purpose built communities" across America have revitalized neighborhoods through a comprehensive approach that includes building mixed-income housing, providing better educational opportunities and offering ...

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Camryn Justice

26 June 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Through expansive demolition and rehabilitation services, the Cuyahoga County Land Bank is estimated to have made a $1.43 billion impact to Cleveland and surrounding communities. The land bank focuses on renewing blig...

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Audrey F. Henderson

9 January 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Successful public private collaborations promote civic innovations that add value to communities. Programs that bring together nonprofits, tech start-ups, universities, and city leaders are helping Birmingham, Alabama...

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Charlotte West

8 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In cities like Denver, Seattle, and Chicago, faith-based communities use their land to aid in the affordable housing crisis. Because many communities of faith sit on large expanses of valuable land within city limits,...

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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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David Hall

17 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Community members, city officials, and local organizations work together to address the complex factors behind Detroit's recession. While land developers work to demolish and rebuild abandoned properties, the city loo...

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Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

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 ...

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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...

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James A. Anderson

10 September 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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In St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit, and other postindustrial cities, community organizations and city officials are trying a number of methods to reduce the number of empty lots and vacant houses that plague neighbor...

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Kevon Paynter

18 June 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The #CommunityTakeBackChallenge in Baltimore “aims to inspire Baltimoreans to revitalize neighborhoods by pooling resources to acquire neglected city-owned and privately owned properties.” This initiative, along with ...

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Tracy Geibel

15 June 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Ohio has more than 50 land banks, which are best known for reducing blight by demolishing old buildings, but several land banks are trying creative ways to enhance their land on a budget. Successful projects include a...

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Ben Ikenson

14 June 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A new trend is transforming old motels into new affordable housing units. NewLife Homes, a real estate group, first turned the Sundowner motel in Albuquerque into apartment units reserved for low-income people, former...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

2 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new program in a Philadelphia neighborhood is offering opportunities for locals to curb gentrification. Gentrification occurs when outside developers come to an area and change it without leaving room for locals to ...

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Jennifer Hattam

23 February 2018

Düzce, Turkey

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After an earthquake devastated the town of Düzce, Turkey, residents banded together to create a housing cooperative and later Düzce Hope Studio, a group of pro-bono architects and engineers working to help rebuild the...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Eleanor Lee is one of many women leading the charge to restore the Granby neighborhood in Liverpool. The few households that remained inhabited after the neighborhood was forgotten came together and formed a community...

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Ron Regan

27 December 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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At the worst point in the 2008 housing crisis, up to 30,000 houses in Cuyahoga County were vacant. The Cuyahoga County Land Bank aims to fix this problem by acquiring houses, eliminating blight, and transforming the h...

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Emilee Gilpin

19 December 2017

Bella Colla, British Columbia, Canada

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In the the Nuxalk Nation, the deep seated effects of colonialism were felt, literally. The Nation had a housing crisis, that was exacerbated by outside contractors and architects who built subar housing. In 2015, comm...

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