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Hadley Barndollar

24 March 2021

United States

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The Child Tax Credit included in the coronavirus relief package provides a guaranteed income for families with children. The merits of guaranteed income have been established in multiple countries as well as local pro...

KGW-TV

Laural Porter

19 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In its first month of operation, Portland Street Response Team began intervening with people on the streets who are experiencing substance abuse or mental health problems. The program, modeled on Eugene, Oregon's CAHO...

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Emily Nonko

16 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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People experiencing homelessness can now access hot showers and bathrooms at the Hygiene Hub. Staff at the Portland initiative include both unhoused paid workers and housed volunteers, all with extensive staff trainin...

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Christopher Weber

11 March 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A community of 39 tiny homes has been built in Los Angeles, California, providing people experiencing homelessness with a safe and private place to live. Chandler Street Village provides three meals and wraparound ser...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

10 March 2021

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has made huge strides in reducing poverty by investing in women experiencing the most economic hardships. As a result, children have lower rates of malnutrition, fewer child marriages, higher rates of compl...

Santa Fe Reporter

Leah Cantor

10 March 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A variety of approaches are helping ease housing instability in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Built for Zero program helps different entities coordinate homeless services through a comprehensive database that strives to c...

NPR

Emma Peaslee

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton, California, resulted in improved mental health and even increased full-time employment rates. The extra cash gave recipients who were struggling with poverty the mental a...

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...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

1 March 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Honolulu could benefit from adopting the approach to mental-health crisis calls to 911 that Eugene, Oregon, uses. But it would need to make big changes first in its critical infrastructure. Eugene's CAHOOTS program se...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

26 February 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS program, which sends medics and counselors on certain 911 calls instead of the police, has become a national model in the wake of 2020's criminal-justice protests. But its roots reach back half a century, ...

KGW-TV

Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

Broadcast TV News

3-5 Minutes

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

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...

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Cinnamon Janzer

17 February 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The DEAR program (Durham Expunction and Restoration) put 11,084 drivers back on the road legally and waived $2.7 million in fines in a purge of old cases that had revoked driving privileges for unpaid fines and fees. ...

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Carey L. Biron

15 February 2021

United States

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A new technology is providing affordable and sustainable housing through a process that is faster and with material that is more resilient to natural disasters. 3D-printed houses are providing aesthetically pleasing h...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

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Cinnamon Janzer

11 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A coffee shop is employing young people experiencing homelessness. Employment at the coffee shop provides the stability and support they need to find and maintain housing. Income, structure, and skills gained from emp...

CBS News

Li Cohen

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assisted Response) replaced police officers with health professionals on 748 calls for help. In incidents involving mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse, police backup w...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

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...

FreshWater Cleveland

Conor Morris

3 February 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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During 2020, the city of Cleveland reduced the rate of people experiencing homelessness by 30% due to provisions put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Using eviction moratoriums for those at ris...

Christian Science Monitor

Casey Biron

2 February 2021

United States

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The “Built for Zero” campaign relies on frequently updated data collection and a streamlining of homelessness services to reduce the number of unhoused people living on the streets to “functional zero.” The data is ho...

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Doug Johnson

1 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the Sidewalk Project gives unhoused people gifts of marijuana to ease their anxiety and to show kindness. Since its start in the spring of 2020, the group has gifted gram-sized portions of weed nearly ...

Mountain Grown Community Radio (KVNF)

Laura Palmisano

1 February 2021

Montrose County, Colorado, United States

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A hotel voucher program in Montrose County, Colorado, provided temporary relief for families and individuals experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. The program helped 80 people, especially because the sole hom...

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