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Linn Washington Jr.

14 April 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia and London are cities with high poverty rates and city violence and both see employment as the critical tool needed to counter violence among youth and young adults living in low-income communities.

The New York Times

Dan Levin

28 February 2016

Regent Park, Canada

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An ambitious plan for the 69-acre Regent Park neighborhood is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion, at a time when concerns over income inequality and immigration are growing.

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Gail Cornwall

28 February 2016

United States

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Postal banking used to be the norm in the United States, just as it is throughout Europe, helping poor and immigrant families save money, transfer funds, and even get small loans. The model is ripe for a comeback. Tod...

Sacramento Bee

Ryan Lillis

24 February 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Sacramento City Council members and top city officials will travel Friday to explore Seattle’s network of authorized tent cities for the homeless as they consider creating a similar “safe ground” here.

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Catesby Holmes

8 February 2016

São Paulo, Brazil

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The Western Hemisphere’s biggest city has developed a model blueprint for progressive housing policy in developing countries, in large part by affirming squatters' rights and demanding a certain percentage of low-inco...

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Cassie Owens

29 December 2015

New York, New York, United States

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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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Chris Peak

20 November 2015

Zionsville, Indiana, United States

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Indiana officials didn't set out to close the wealth gap. But that's exactly what happened in Boone County, as the middle class moved in to both posh and poor neighborhoods amidst a changing tax regime.

Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

26 October 2015

Syracuse, New York, United States

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Part 1 of a series on solutions to freeing victims of labor trafficking around the globe. Labor trafficking is a deeply entrenched problem, woven into global economies where the victims are often hidden in plain sight...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

21 October 2015

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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In South Africa, the extreme gap between rich and poor is the root cause of cyclical poverty, and those living in slums face particularly high barriers to education, healthcare, and quality of life. The Ubuntu Educati...

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Chris Peak

9 October 2015

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Family Rewards is a three-year program in Memphis, which aims to stop inter-generational poverty cycles. The program gives low income families funds that are conditional on bettering the next generation.

The New York Times

Ankita Rao

18 September 2015

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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In India, corruption in the distribution of government ID cards leaves the poorest without legal identity or protection. A non-profit group is creating and distributing unofficial ID cards and legal aid for day worker...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

16 September 2015

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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In a country where millions of citizens make less than $2 a day, a chain of hospitals has brought down the prices of life-saving surgeries and pioneered a health insurance plan that is just 11 cents a month. These hos...

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

30 July 2015

Shinyanga, Tanzania

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Many unskilled workers in Tanzania are women and, due to gender inequality, they are often disregarded and live with economic hardship. Oxfam Tanzania has a reality show that raises awareness of women farmers. The win...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

27 April 2015

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal ...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

23 April 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Two years after the fall of the Rana Plaza killed more than 1,000 garment workers, “More than 200 clothing brands have pledged to make their source factories safer under two international agreements called the Bangl...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

9 April 2015

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Yonkers Partners in Education offers free SAT test prep and college guidance counselors in Yonker's high schools. The program aims to increase college enrollment rates for low-income students who lack the same access ...

The Guardian

Annabel Short

25 February 2015

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

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There are increasing costs to business when they fail to respect basic human rights. Many are therefore taking steps to avoid abuses – and are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.

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Chris Peak

20 January 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's ho...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

18 January 2015

Bath, Pennsylvania, United States

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Many people who own a trailer home live in a corporate-owned community where the rent goes unregulated but it is too expensive to relocate the trailer. In New Hampshire many manufactured home communities are owned by ...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

5 January 2015

Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

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In a pilot program in a Canadian city, the working poor were given monthly cash supplements to their income. The recipients did not stop working and were able to access opportunities to make a better living long term.

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Priyanka Borpujari

13 October 2014

Dhemaji, Assam, India

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Building a house on stilts is an age old tradition created by the Mishings, a tribe in India. The practice allowed them to live close to the river, without flooding their homes. In Assam, a state in India, the Mishing...

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Gregory Scruggs

16 June 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The creation, support and development of farmers' markets around the United States lends itself to the economic empowerment of women and minority growers. From Seattle to Philadelphia, these small public markets make ...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

14 April 2014

São Paulo, Brazil

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In Brazil a conditional cash-transfer program is alleviating poverty, empowering women, and changing gender roles by giving families, especially mothers, money for sending kids to school and to regular doctor's visits.

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Gregory Scruggs

31 March 2014

Medellín, Colombia

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While the city of Medellín, Colombia was once known as a gritty, crime-ridden area, inclusive urban planning and partnerships with international corporations have turned the city in to an innovative model for policy m...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

22 January 2014

New York, New York, United States

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What happens when people can’t afford to pay bail? They plead guilty. That’s what happened in the Bronx Court System, which has “one of the most backlogged big-city courts in the nation.” One nonprofit, Bronx Defender...

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