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Oscar Perry Abello

19 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, bodegas offer local supplies in many food deserts across the country. While the bodegas struggle to find funding and stay in business for their neighborhoods, they also fight their way into...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

12 February 2020

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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California coastal towns address homelessness by supporting individuals who live on their boats - and those who want to move back to land. While many counties destroy or condemn boats that have been anchored long-term...

The Christian Science Monitor

Mark Trumbull

3 February 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, a long-term affordable housing plan takes a comprehensive approach by addressing climate change, zoning, and equity as inherent in the modern housing crisis. By reducing single-family housing, cutting ...

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Chris Rudisill

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24 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The Beloved Community Village, a tiny-home community in Denver, Colorado, serves as an example of a successful housing model for people in insecure housing situations. The community takes a shared living approach and ...

Governing

David Kidd

7 January 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In 2016, the city of Rochester, NY partnered with Kiva—a crowd-funded microlender—to serve aspiring or established small-business owners. Their partnership offers interest-free loans, and already 20 of the loans have ...

Flintside

Marjory Raymer

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14 November 2019

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Flint, Michigan's Civic Park neighborhood struggled to make a comeback after the auto industry collapsed in their community. But the city didn't simply accept their failures; they learned from past mistakes and have b...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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8 November 2019

Salida, Colorado, United States

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As the Mountain West transitions away from mining and other industrial economic drivers, rural cities find their way into successful economies by relying on local entrepreneurial spirit and the surrounding landscape. ...

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Mark Oprea

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5 November 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A Cleveland judge took unilateral action to reduce the population of the overcrowded county jail, refusing to set high bail bonds for people charged in his court with nonviolent offenses. The countywide system has res...

Shareable

Tom Llewellyn

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16 October 2019

Kensington, Greater London, United Kingdom

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After a devastating fire in London that took the lives of more than 70 people, the community it impacted post joined together to work through their trauma and raise awareness about economic injustice. From community g...

Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon

Kris Maher

7 October 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania, uses creative financial incentives for companies and businesses that invest capital gains in low-income areas of the city in order to pull itself out of economic hardship caused by the decrease in ...

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...

NPR

Debbie Elliott

3 October 2019

Albany, Georgia, United States

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The New Communities Land Trust was created in the 1960s as a way to build power and equity for and among African Americans in Georgia. The Trust works with Black farmers on many different levels, including helping the...

LAist

Matt Tinoco

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3 October 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles and other California cities are expanding their "street care" efforts by sending medical professionals into homeless encampments to include houseless individuals in the state health care system. Doctors su...

The Innovator

Randy Mueller

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1 October 2019

Petersburg, New York, United States

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The online Reparations for Black-Indigenous Farmers map connects farmers across the United States in an effort to support those who have been historically oppressed. Those who participate voluntarily pay reparations t...

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Alexandra Watts

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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 ...

The Charlotte Observer

Keisha Portis

9 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Economic mobility becomes far more attainable when children grow up in a "high-opportunity" area as opposed to a "low-opportunity" area: housing within the city with access to transportation and amenities, higher-perf...

The New York Times

Ben Casselman

5 September 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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With the assistance of a local non-profit partner, Dell Technologies created a program to recruit employees on the autism spectrum to tap into an under-utilized section of the labor pool. Dell Technologies reflects th...

Nonprofit Quarterly

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Elizabeth Sawin

22 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A collaboration between an Atlanta-based nonprofit and an international climate organization sparked the Just Growth Circle, an initiative that brings topics like racial equity, economic justice, and climate change to...

Missoulian

Cameron Evans

Keila Szpaller

17 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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For those students in a lower income bracket, college can result in its own set of unique challenges, but programs in New York and now Montana are challenging this disadvantage. For three Montana universities, the goa...

Next City

Emily Nonko

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8 August 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Partnerships between nonprofits strengthen efforts to promote economic justice. Working together, several nonprofits focused on economic and restorative justice in Oakland have succeeded in opening Restore Oakland, a ...

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...

Model D

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

9 July 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Bail Project is posting bond for men and women who cannot afford to pay and haven’t been convicted of a crime. Based in Detroit, the nonprofit has locations across the country and uses a revolving fund to bail out...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Gregory Seay

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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The complex issue of structural inequalities in Hartford, Connecticut's tax system has proven difficult to solve. But community members on all sides agree that a collective approach - one that learns from failed town ...

Republican American

Michael Puffer

22 June 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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A land bank in Newburgh, New York has revitalized dozens of blighted homes around the community, helping to turn city around. The land bank, which offers preferences to locals when selling renewed homes, now serves as...

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