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Honolulu Civil Beat

Allan Parachini

24 December 2020

Kauai, Hawaii, United States

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Affordable housing and wraparound services are being offered to residents experiencing homelessness in Kauai, Hawaii. A new development constructed from shipping containers isn’t meant to be a permanent solution but i...

The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chris Serres

18 December 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After facing staffing shortages during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Human Services developed an aggressive emergency hiring initiative ahead of potential new outbreaks. Using...

CityLab

Hallie Golden

17 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Supportive housing options geared toward Native Americans specifically are rare but much-needed resources in urban areas like Seattle where up to 15% percent of the homeless population belongs to the native community....

Wired

Tom Simonite

17 December 2020

Togo

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To quickly distribute money to poverty-stricken areas in Togo during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's government turned to mobile cash payments. Working with a non-profit and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective ...

CityLab

Chris Malloy

17 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Instead of simply handing out its federal CARES funding to food banks, the city of Phoenix used the cash to produce meals by connecting hard-hit farmers with struggling restaurants. Meals were provided free of cost to...

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Jared Brey

15 December 2020

King County, Washington, United States

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Single parents readjusting to life after incarceration face numerous hurdles to re-entering society. A housing program in Seattle now provides access to transitional housing alongside services that help parents reconn...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Audrey Jensen

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Madeline Ackley

14 December 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Houston's effort to significantly decrease homelessness was successful due to the overhaul of its previous system which was disjointed, had too many services gaps, and often duplicated services. The new system provide...

WABC-TV

Mike Brookbank

11 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Pandemic shutdowns have led to empty beds at the Cleveland Hostel which it has offered to local homeless shelters to help lighten their load. Although the hostel only offers several dozen beds, it’s filling a critical...

Euro

Jan Novotny

9 December 2020

Jihlava, Czech Republic

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After a Housing First program in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city, stabilized families' housing and health status, the city of Jihlava used local and European Union money, plus a charity's services, for ...

Christian Science Monitor

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

8 December 2020

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Since 2014, the Sheltersuit Foundation has distributed more than 12,000 combination jackets and sleeping bags in multiple nations to protect unhoused people from cold weather. Dutch clothing designer Bas Timmer design...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

1 December 2020

Kenya

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The results of a universal basic income (UBI) program in Kenya show the positive ripple effect of giving everyone money on a consistent basis over the course of several years. Recipients have been able to lift themsel...

Scalawag

Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

28 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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To help those experiencing homelessness, Seattle Public Utilities workers travel around the city knocking on RV doors and asking occupants if they need their sewage tank pumped. Some RVs are broken down and occupants ...

The Seattle Times

Danny Westneat

27 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Tiny homes are providing shelter, warmth, and security for people experiencing homelessness in Seattle. The insulated homes measure 96 square feet and offer a relatively affordable alternative to tent encampments whic...

The Hechinger Report

Levi Pulkkinen

24 November 2020

Yakima, Washington, United States

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A no-cost meal program allows high-poverty schools to offer all enrolled students free lunch, which consequently addresses child nutrition problems and meal debt. The program, however, has pivoted and expanded during ...

WHYY

Taylor Allen

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's mandatory Eviction Diversion program, started as a way to help landlords and tenants to cope with pandemic-related economic struggles, requires landlords to enter mediation with tenants who are behind o...

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Emily Nonko

24 November 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Youth experiencing unstable housing in New Haven, Connecticut can build life skills in exchange for gift cards through an app built by a nonprofit. DreamKit incentivizes positive change for disadvantaged young people ...

Christian Science Monitor

Shafi Musaddique

23 November 2020

United Kingdom

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The pandemic has highlighted the issue of child poverty in England leading to public indignation and the reversal of a government policy that sought to end free meals for children during summer vacation. Professional ...

Vox

Julia Belluz

19 November 2020

Vermont, United States

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The state of Vermont has been able to keep COVID-19 cases to a minimal, at least in part by focusing on offering preventive protections for the most at-risk and vulnerable – such as the unhoused. The state's response ...

Mountain Grown Community Radio (KVNF)

Laura Palmisano

17 November 2020

Olathe, Colorado, United States

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Haven House, a faith-based provider of transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness, offers a safe place to live while working to reunite families that face possible loss of child custody over their hou...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

KUNC

Leigh Paterson

17 November 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

Radio

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Since Denver launched its Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program in June, it has handled more than 600 calls for help with a mental health clinician and a paramedic instead of sending police officers. Modeled o...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

12 November 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, local community members are leading the effort to reach out to those experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. This effort has been successful in coordinat...

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