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Jared Brey

4 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Legacy Resident Retention program is helping long-time homeowners remain in their homes despite rising taxes and property values in Atlanta, Georgia. The program aims to mitigate gentrification and displacement as...

The New York Times

Patricia Cohen

27 April 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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SEED for Oklahoma Kids is a state-wide effort to help newer generations climb the educational ladder and build assets. Parents are offered $1,000 in their newborn's name and set aside in a college savings account, des...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

5 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Four local organizations have teamed up to provide $15 million in loans for the Latinx community in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The affordable loans have gone to affordable housing, small businesses, ...

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Jared Brey

30 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A New York City government mandate will ensure broadband access for residents of affordable-housing projects. Any new units constructed after March 2021 must provide both wireless internet service and a wired connecti...

The Pointer

Nida Zafar

18 March 2021

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Older electronics are being refurbished and redistributed to those in need by Renewed Computer Technology. The federally-funded, Canadian nonprofit collected 13,500 computers and laptops last year for schools, librari...

Bloomberg

Sarah Holder

5 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and intervi...

The Atlantic

Annie Lowrey

3 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A pilot project provided residents who made less than the median income in Stockton, California, with monthly cash payments. The extra money helped recipients secure employment, avoid housing instability, handle unexp...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

22 February 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Guaranteed income pilot programs have created a crucial safety net, especially for women of color who have experienced poverty disproportionately after the onset of the pandemic. The once-fringe idea has gained popula...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

17 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United Kingdom

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An Equitable Development Initiative was launched as a result of a racial equity analysis that gauged the effect that Seattle’s economic growth would have on communities of color. Funding for the initiative has gone to...

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Iris Crawford

10 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Two climate coalitions led by BIPOC have strengthened their communities by empowering diverse stakeholders to address social inequities. The coalitions are engaging and centering the voices of Black, Indigenous and pe...

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Emily Nonko

9 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A collective of artists in Seattle bought real estate for a community center with the help of city funding. Known as Black and Tan Hall, the space drew funding and sweat equity from community members who sought a safe...

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Adina Solomon

9 February 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A new model for community-owned real estate is attempting to bridge the racial wealth gap and build neighborhood wealth in Atlanta. Instead of watching prime real estate go to investors who would hold onto the buildin...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Universal Basic Income programs around the country have demonstrated the effectiveness of distributing cash to people who are economically struggling. Philadelphia distributed $1.7 million through the Worker Relief Fu...

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Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

2 February 2021

Sacramento, California, United States

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Digital Upskill Sacramento is providing 9-week paid training sessions to participants who want to enter the tech industry. The program is allowing people who didn’t have the time, resources, or opportunity before to g...

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Oscar Perry Abello

26 January 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Baltimore is giving employees an “alternative to exploitation in traditionally-structured enterprises.” Employees at Taharka Brothers can eventually qualify for ownership, which enables t...

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Nate Berg

25 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate investor has led the charge in creating a Housing Impact Fund in Charlotte, NC, to preserve affordable housing. The housing it seeks to preserve is not considered public housing but it does serve those w...

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Sarah Holder

4 January 2021

United States

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Universal Basic Income is gaining popularity across the United States where 11 cities in 2021 are either extending or piloting new programs that provide cash payments without any conditions on how to spend the money. ...

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Arionne Nettles

30 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Corner Store Campaign alleviates food insecurity in Chicago by providing fresh produce and supplies to customers who frequent the neighborhood establishments - typically in places that are more likely to be food d...

The Counter

Colleen Hagerty

17 December 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Yard sharing is the latest urban agriculture trend enabling city dwellers to enjoy home-grown produce whether or not they have the space, time, or expertise to grow everything they want. Crop Swap LA is also starting ...

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Katia Mullova

3 December 2020

Germany

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To mitigate the problem of unfair supply chains, Tip Me allows consumers to send money directly to the workers creating the merchandise in factories halfway across the world. Brands pay a fee to sign up for the system...

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Adelle M. Banks

25 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Faith leaders from communities of color mobilized voters to support candidates and policies that empower Black and Brown people. Events such as “Souls to the Polls” and the coalition-run Black Church 75 initiative, re...

The Maine Monitor

Jordan Bailey

22 November 2020

Maine, United States

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An online directory is helping consumers find small, black-owned businesses in Maine. Black Owned Maine has highlighted businesses, providing examples of success for Black youth and has also provided grants for busine...

The Huffington Post

Carly Stern

12 November 2020

Norway

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To reduce income inequality, progressive U.S. senators look to Norway for ways to raise revenue by taxing those with the greatest capacity to pay. A wealth tax of 0.85% kicks in when individuals amass roughly $165,000...

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Rob Perez

24 October 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A 100-year-old program provides virtually free land for Native Hawaiians to build their own home or buy one from a developer. Despite a $1/year land lease and low taxes, the program has failed to promptly provide affo...

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