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A Plan to Make Homelessness History

The New York Times

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Roughly 700,000 people in the United States are homeless. By partnering with cities across America, the 100,000 Homes campaign is going directly to the streets to end homelessness - and it’s working.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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Houston's solution to mental health system problems offers a case study for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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In Houston, TX, many individuals with mental illnesses cycled in and out of emergency care while arrested or incarcerated. Houston’s police department has decreased the number of incarcerated who have mental illness by opening a division to mental health called the Chronic Consumer Stabilization ...

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How cities are searching for solutions among massive mounds of data

The Globe and Mail

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignored safety-code violations. Greater Toronto wants to expand upon New York City’s m...

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How does Ithaca fix its homelessness problem? 3 approaches

The Ithaca Voice

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In Ithaca NY, homelessness increasingly becomes a public concern when the winter weather approaches. An investigative journalist interviews different city representatives and professionals in human service to discover three solutions to the problem. The proposed solutions include affordable housi...

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How Milwaukee Went Soft on Crime

Politico Magazine

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Milwaukee once had volatile police inner-city neighborhood tensions with prevalent violent crime. In addition to fostering relationships between residents and the police, the police force has experienced reforms. They include using Big Data to identify crime hot spots, bringing cops back into th...

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How one city cut violent crime by 60 percent

Fayetteville Observer

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Areas of High Point, North Carolina have suffered from crime, poverty , and neglect, until the city began implementing Operation Ceasefire, a policing program that uses data collecting, community support against crime. High Point is now leading the country in its success of Operation Ceasefire, b...

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How to Grow More Food with Less Water

Ensia

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Water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced with economic burdens. The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use.

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In This World Cup, the Goal Is a Better Life

The New York Times

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The Homeless World Cup is the premier soccer tournament for homeless players. Programs around the world use soccer as a means of building a sense of community, sublimating negative energies, and encouraging personal growth.

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