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Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Gill

26 June 2020

Iwilei, Hawaii, United States

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk o...

The Discourse

David Minkow

24 June 2020

Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

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A coalition of local groups in the Cowichan region focused on the welfare of vulnerable populations during COVID-19 opened five tenting sites that have provided people experiencing homelessness with safety, meals, and...

Yes! Magazine

Tracy Barnett

17 June 2020

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Mark Brown has brought Ghandian economic principles of economic justice and local autonomy to the Mexican countryside to form a farm-to-garment textile business that employs villagers who once made woolen textiles unt...

The TRiiBE

Matt Harvey

17 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many organizations are holding food drives, providing hot meals, and delivering essential items like groceries and diapers to children and their communities in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Based on a tradition o...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

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16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Nonprofit bail funds, which use donated money to pay the bail of low-income people held in jail on pending charges, have won the release of about 55 people in Detroit during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond the immediate n...

The New York Times

Priya Krishna

8 June 2020

New York, United States

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Feeding those in need and helping one's community are traditions of the Sikh faith that date back centuries, but they are now benefiting neighborhoods across America where Sikh houses of worship, Gurdwaras, are churni...

edibleWOW

Kate Roff

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Special Edition 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, small farmers in Michigan are coming up with different business models in order to get their produce into consumers’ hands. Fisheye Farms in Detroit created a community-supported agricult...

Next City

Emily Nonko

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20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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Jared Brey

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19 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city of Philadelphia piloted a mediation program that showed how landlord-tenant disputes could be resolved short of an eviction lawsuit. Though the program only lasted two months and heard just a handful of cases...

The City

Gabriel Sandoval

19 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, where the average census response rate is only 49 percent, the city's largest co-operative housing complex achieved over a 70 percent response rate, well above the 40 percent rate typical in the co-o...

KQED

Deepa Fernandes

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17 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Community Services Unlimited (CSU) is a local organization in Southern California that is helping to increase access to healthy foods for families all year round, but especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlik...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

11 May 2020

Arizona, United States

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Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O’odham tribal leaders took quick action to support members during the Covid-19 pandemic. They instituted a curfew, required face masks, and ensured that tribal members had sufficient food and ...

DigBoston

Haley Hamilton

8 May 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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The Lee Initiative, Beam Suntory, and Pernod Ricard are three brand-sponsored initiatives that have provided meals and essential goods to cooks, servers, hosts, bussers, and bartenders that are out of jobs because of ...

LAist

Matt Tinoco

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7 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, a government-sanctioned camp has been developed for individuals experiencing housing insecurity. The camp, with around-the-clock security, offers residents water, meals, health care, and electrical out...

The Guardian

Amelia Gentleman

7 May 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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Across England and Wales, over 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness have found temporary accommodations in hotels. Paid for by the government as part of it’s COVID-19 relief efforts, hotels are working with soc...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 May 2020

Finland

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The Finnish government's experiment with basic income revealed the mental and emotional benefits associated with receiving a small monthly income. The 560 euro amount is not enough to live on but provides a financial ...

High Country News

Peter Rice

7 May 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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To cope with the crush of people experiencing homelessness around the West, formalized encampments like Camp Hope provide local governments with a quick, affordable way to put people into safe, temporary housing where...

KQED

Cecilia Lei

6 May 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a San Francisco nonprofit, is helping those living in single-room occupancy (SRO) or public housing access food safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCDC has part...

Invisible People

Ari Honarvar

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5 May 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Hotel Vouchers 4 All was created as an emergency response to finding housing for San Diego residents experiencing homelessness. Funded by donations, the initiative has partnered with a loca...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

5 May 2020

Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States

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West Virginians from Clarksburg mobilized to tackle the issue of homelessness once the pandemic highlighted the vulnerability faced by the homeless who could not shelter in place. Advocates came together to get people...

Manchester Ink Link

Damien Fisher

3 May 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's community mental health centers are working together to deliver both in-person and telehealth services to community members during the coronavirus pandemic. All 10 of the state's centers are "sharing i...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

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27 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Having learned from failures during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, an outreach center in Louisiana was uniquely prepared to take preventative measures as the coronavirus outbreak spread, and so far, the efforts have worked....

Manchester Ink Link

Sheryl Rich-Kern

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26 April 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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When schools had to shut down in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, community colleges across New Hampshire found ways to accommodate and aid their students through the pandemic. Lakes Region Community Co...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jhesset Enano

20 April 2020

Manila, Philippines

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Alzaky Foods is providing free halal meals to Muslim medical workers in metro Manila. Many Muslim frontline workers were surviving on fast food, crackers, or chips since food donations were not halal. Alzaky has provi...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

18 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the city-led effort, Project Roomkey, is working to get 15,000 people experiencing homelessness into hotel rooms in the fight against COVID-19. Working with the LA Homeless Services Authority and state...

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