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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...

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Adam Majendie

8 July 2020

Singapore

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Affordable housing in Singapore has resulted in one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. In 1964 the government embraced a "Home Ownership for the People Scheme" in which it gave lower and middle-incom...

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Vivienne Nunis

15 July 2019

Auckland, New Zealand

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Housing affordability is a crisis that many countries face. New Zealand addressed the issue in a controversial way: by outright banning foreign ownership. Since it has come into effect, real estate pricing has gone do...

Bloomberg CityLab

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...

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Oscar Perry Abello

6 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Financial Empowerment Centers work with clients to help them build savings, improve credit scores, and take full advance of assistance programs. While the daily demands of poverty often create an inability to plan for...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

19 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In an attempt to increase housing for the homeless in L.A. in a financially sustainable way, FlyAway Homes has started several projects to build homeless housing supported by private investment. Fifty six investors wi...

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Shaima Shamdeen

26 June 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Renting Partnerships organizes affordable housing communities that stay affordable. By meeting the expectations of the community, such as paying rent on time, residents can earn and cash out financial equity after sta...

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Kevon Paynter

18 June 2018

Irvine, California, United States

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A new, more-affordable housing option is available for multi-generational families hoping to live together. To combat the “missing middle,” or the dilemma when a family makes too much money for low-income housing but ...

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Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

9 October 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington D.C., the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase act, gives tenants the right to be the first in line to buy the building they live in, if it goes up for sale. The city, also has a trust fund that finances affor...

The New York Times

Tara Siegel Bernard

18 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A Seattle-based entrepreneur has a creative idea to help people buy their first homes: give them money for a down payment, provided that they pay the money back by listing an extra room in their homes on Airbnb. Thou...

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Lillian M. Ortiz

25 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Limited Equity Co-ops provide a long term, affordable housing solution for tenants. The method began in the 60s and is slowly rising again. In a LEC the value of the housing unit can’t go up to market value, and there...

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Connor MacDonald

30 March 2017

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency, along with crippling bank-fostered debt cycles and exorbitant home mortgage interest rates, have created immense suffering for Myanmar's poor. But with the gu...

The Tennessean

David Plazas

22 February 2017

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Nashville is trying out creative ways to help residents deal with rising rent. While state policies do not always favor rent control and mixed-income housing units are still years away, several solutions are being imp...

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Emily Previti

5 December 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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Rates of recidivism in Pennsylvania have dropped substantially in recent years. Part of this decrease is due to the efforts of the Union County Justice Bridge Housing Program, which assists ex-offenders with housing. ...

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Melissa Hellmann

22 September 2016

United States

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The national affordable housing crisis is creating challenges for rural areas. Low-income residents in rural towns struggle to find quality, affordable housing, and government subsidies for housing have decreased in r...

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Lynn Jolicoeur

4 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston aims to end chronic homelessness by 2018 by paying special attention to veterans. The city is working with private agencies to find housing units and offer homeless veterans a case worker to ensure that they fi...

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Léa Bouchoucha

31 August 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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At least 25 percent of female veterans were sexually abused in childhood, making it more difficult to reenter civilian life. Volunteers of America runs a holistic housing program for homeless veterans in the U.S.

The New York Times

Tim McKeough

21 August 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Renovating and furnishing a home can be hugely expensive. Homeowners who are renovating on a budget, and want to do so in a way that is evironmentally friendly, can find recycled luxury kitchens and other lightly used...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

27 April 2015

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal ...

The New York Times

Binyamin Appelbaum

25 February 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Many subprime borrowers in the United States are financially unable to buy a home themselves. An unconventional lender is trying to make it easier for low-income people to buy houses despite the tighter requirements t...

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Daniel Zwerdling

4 April 2013

Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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An innovative program by an unusual bank allows low-income people in Cambodia to take out a 15-year fixed mortgage with little or no documentation - contradicting traditional loan assumptions and creating means for so...

Quartz

Naomi Rovnick

22 November 2012

Singapore, Singapore

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Unlike many other countries who have found public housing facilities to be highly prone to crime and toxic loan practices, Singapore uses a mix of resident home ownership, policing, and mixed-income developments to cr...

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