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Using Creative Financing

Harnessing the power of economics and investment. These solutions take advantage of money, not only in its ability to fund programs but also as a means of giving people autonomy and the power to solve the challenges they face in the ways they see fit. From providing freed slaves in Thailand with cash grants to offering small loans to businesswomen in developing countries, these solutions take advantage of the incentives, power, and leverage of finance.

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The Sudbury model: How one of the world's major polluters went green

Christian Science Monitor

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After being known as a polluted mining town, politicians, scientists, industry officials, and residents of Sudbury, Ontario, were able to come together to restore its land. After 40 years and $33.5 million, they are about halfway through recovering about 200,000 acres of land. So far, they’ve bee...

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How a housing-first strategy could save domestic violence survivors during a pandemic

The Land

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To provide emergency housing to domestic violence victims without crowding them into shelters during the pandemic, Ohio victim-aid groups have helped hundreds of families to flee violence and find safe housing in subsidized apartments or short-term hotel stays. One program, the REACH Rapid Rehous...

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How a neighborhood collaborative transformed a small town

Richland Source

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Residents are using dollar-for-dollar matching grants to spruce up their homes in Fulton, NY, resulting in higher home values, higher morale and the formation of neighborhood collaborations. The grants are granted to entire neighborhoods with the condition that at least half the residents sign up...

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How a Charlotte Nonprofit Links Landlords With People Experiencing Homelessness

Next City

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A real estate developer has teamed up with homelessness service organizations to house working families. The Lotus Campaign gives landlords $1,000 a year to rent a unit to a family that is at risk of homelessness or is already experiencing it. Rent is paid by the organization and any damages to t...

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The Mississippi Program That's Showing How Effective Direct Cash Transfers Can Be

The Appeal

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Low-income families, which are disproportionately black, have been given $1,000 each month in an effort to address the racial wealth gap through the Magnolia Mother's Trust program. The cash payments yield an increase of recipients who were able to earn their GEDs, cook fresh meals for their fami...

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Community colleges pivot to support their vulnerable students

Inside Higher Ed

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Community college administrations across the U.S. are helping students continue their education during the pandemic by helping them address basic needs. Cerritos College in Nowalk, California has given away 300 free laptops and already ordered 200 more. Reynolds Community College in Virginia took...

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Cleveland startup makes masks a new way

The Land

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Two newly-formed companies in Ohio are the nation's first businesses to create a "fully automated production of woven, washable masks." The project became a reality thanks to partnerships and funding support between state agencies, the Ohio Hospital Association, and a nonprofit consulting group. ...

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For many Chicago communities, there is no COVID safety net. So teachers are stepping in.

Chalkbeat

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In Chicago, teachers across the city created mutual aid groups to help students and their families pay rent, buy groceries, or cover medical bills. By using their existing networks, social media, and apps like Venmo, groups have been able to raise thousands of dollars. One mutual aid group from R...

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NC rural provider shortage persists

North Carolina Health News

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In North Carolina, it can be difficult to attract health care workers to rural areas, but a few counties have seen signs of success from various efforts. Tactics such as using financial incentives, creating a pipeline from medical school to job placement, and fostering strong community ties have ...

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Minnesota roommate program hopes to improve caregiving for people with disabilities in Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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A new housing program in Minnesota is building off of an existing program to better provide housing for the developmentally disabled and their potential caregivers. The program known as "Rumi" helps cut costs associated with such housing by creating "a relationship-based model between development...

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