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How the slum women of Ahmedabad led a housing revolution

The Guardian

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The Indian city where Gandhi established his first ashram can be grueling if you live in a slum: 50 ºC temperatures, poor ventilation, no running water. A group of women had had enough and agreed to work with developers.

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Here Comes the Neighborhood

The New York Times

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An affordable housing development in Mount Laurel, N.J., holds promise for integration by placing the development in an upscale suburban area. Since 140 affordable units were built in 2000, there has been no effect on crime rates, property values, or taxes, in reference to nearby suburbs.

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Researchers Unearth 100-Year-Old Affordable Housing Solution

Next City

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A new book chronicles each below-market subsidized housing project ever built in New York, highlighting in particular Co-op City, where residents have come to care for their city-subsidized homes.

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Cleveland doesn't have a 'lead-safe' registry, so we made one: Toxic Neglect

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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Cleveland has a list of lead-safe homes, a result of decades of cleaning up hazards with tens of millions of dollars in HUD grant money.

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How Rochester responded to its lead poisoning problem: Toxic Neglect

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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It's been a decade since the city of Rochester, New York, committed to tackling its lead poisoning problem head on. What resulted was a more than 80 percent drop in the number of children with high lead levels. It's a change leaders believe is sustainable.

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Lessons learned about lead poisoning brought home: George Rodrigue

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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Lead poisoning is not purely a problem of the poor - it can affect any child living in an older home, or playing on contaminated soil. New solutions journalism efforts aim to increase transparency about the risks and to help parents decide whether their children should be tested.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

CityLab

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenarios. The result has been increased civic participation and efficiency.

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Loans for Low-Income Homeowners: Darrell Clarke's Plan for Philly

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Detroit offers a model for providing residents with no-interest loans to perform upkeep on their houses, thereby working to stimulate the local construction economy and improve quality of life.

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Foreclosure Is Not an Option

The New York Times

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Foreclosure affects millions of homeowners and millions more owe more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth. Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), based in Cleveland, OH, offers assistance acting as a negotiating intermediary between loan servicers or lenders and borrowe...

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Berlin's New Rent Control Laws Are Already Working

CityLab

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Berlin is Germany's number one real estate site, but rent prices had become increasingly unaffordable. A new law introduced in the city controls rental rates from skyrocketing.

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