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Adina Solomon

29 January 2020

College Park, Georgia, United States

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Collaborations can breathe new life into community churches. In College Park, Georgia, the College Park First United Methodist Church entered into a partnership with PushPush, a theater nonprofit formerly located in t...

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Adele Peters

11 December 2019

Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico

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3D-printed homes offer a solution to affordable housing in remote and underserved areas. New Story, nonprofit in San Francisco that specializes in 3D printed homes, recently expanded its work to Tabasco, Mexico. After...

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Oscar Perry Abello

3 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Real estate cooperatives can raise capital from their members, ensuring re-investment in the communities served. In Oakland, California, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) finances real estate ac...

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Zoe Sullivan

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22 November 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Coaching in strategic partnership allows arts nonprofits to build their capacity. Based in Minneapolis, Artspace offers its capacity-building workshop program, Immersion, to nonprofits in several cities, in including ...

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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...

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Oscar Perry Abello

18 June 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Cooperative ownership provides an avenue through which local nonprofit organizations and businesses can retain ownership of real estate. In Oakland, California, the Oakland Community Land Trust uses federal grants and...

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Harrison Connery

3 June 2019

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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A development firm in Bridgeport, CT relies on public-private partnerships to fund renewal of blighted sites into upgraded buildings, including a brand new charter school. With a mix of government and low-income housi...

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Yasmeen Wafai

22 May 2019

Long Island City, New York, United States

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When Amazon came close to establishing its second headquarters in Long Island City, the Queens borough of New York, community organizing successfully halted the development. Community leaders credit their success to a...

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Tom Acitelli

30 April 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To bridge the gap between the growing demand for co-working office spaces and the downfall of retail malls, developers across the nation convert abandoned storefronts into public work space for freelancers, entreprene...

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Brendan Seibel

15 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip code...

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Valerie Vande Panne

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11 March 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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When big box stores shutter, communities can suffer: vacant buildings deter investment and sites can encourage vandalism and other crimes. Because demolishing the stores can prove prohibitively expensive, three cities...

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Rosie Spinks

27 February 2019

London, United Kingdom

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Modified shipping containers can offer a solution for housing shortages. In London, QED Properties and ISO Spaces partnered together to create The Hope Gardens, a temporary housing arrangement for Londoners facing hom...

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Adele Peters

12 February 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities with large numbers of empty apartments look to Vancouver's apartment tax, which taxes owners for unused apartment space. After the tax was put in place, the number of unoccupied apartments in Vancouver went dow...

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Lisa Held

8 January 2019

New York, United States

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Connecting new farmers to community partners facilitates the process of buying and selling land. In addition to linking buyers and sellers, the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network (HVFN) enrolls local organizations such as...

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Adele Peters

12 December 2018

Vallejo, California, United States

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Development companies like FactoryOS have turned to industrial manufacturing and 3D printing in an attempt to hasten development timelines and reduce city and civilian costs. Construction crews build entire apartment ...

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Audrey McGlinchy

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14 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Housing voucher programs provide assistance to those who make too much to qualify for Section 8 housing, but whose wages can’t keep up with rent in their cities. Denver, Colorado, is addressing the financial burden of...

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Deborah Nicholls-Lee

12 November 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Residents of a street in Amsterdam called Zeedijk took it upon themselves to rid the street of heroin abuse and blight by creating a public-private real-estate partnership. The partnership rehabilitated the street whi...

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MJ Galbraith

19 October 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When Chase L. Cantrell realized the overwhelming majority of development financing in a Detroit real estate project was going to white, wealthy developers, he opted to create a program that would train developers who ...

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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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Adele Peters

21 September 2018

Washington, D.C., United States

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Chris Finlay, who manages a real estate company in Washington, D.C., decided to try hiring homeless people to work in his buildings. His goal was to provide a job alongside significantly discounted housing as a benefi...

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Eillie Anzilotti

15 August 2018

Newburgh, New York, United States

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In New York, an intentional form of housing development is keeping affordability in mind. Neighbors for Neighborhoods provides funding for locals to redevelop blighted property from land banks and rent it out as affor...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A unique financial set up in Portland has led to the creation of the East Portland Community Investment Trust, in which residents in four local zip codes can invest small amounts of money into local projects, specific...

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Gregory Scruggs

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7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Central District, a historically black neighborhood in Seattle, is getting a makeover to better align it with its roots. Africatown is a nonprofit community land trust that is using its influence to bring Afrocentric ...

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Emily Nonko

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1 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two Detroit-based entrepreneurs are determined to help minority youth become stakeholders in community real estate development. Targeting communities that experience gentrification, Project Destined empowers young stu...

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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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