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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...

Christian Science Monitor

Howard LaFranchi

8 March 2021

El Salvador

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Women are given the tools and training needed to monetize skills they already have in order to reduce food insecurity. From the Middle East to Africa and Central America, skills such as hammock weaving, cooking, and f...

Bloomberg CityLab

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 among recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and interview...

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...

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. ...

Next City

Claire Marie Porter

15 February 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Arts From The Streets gives artists living with homelessness a path to economic mobility and housing stability by offering ways to make and sell their art. An annual show can bring in $100,000 in sales, 95% of which g...

Civil Eats

Bailey Berg

11 January 2021

California, United States

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A new app is helping communities facing food insecurity in California. Forage Grocery finds the best bargains for SNAP recipients in their local grocery stores. Users upload their grocery list, select the stores they ...

The New York Times

Keith Bradsher

31 December 2020

China

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The Chinese government is providing money, livestock, and better homes to successfully help break the cycle of poverty. $700 billion in loans and grants have gone toward the rural poverty alleviation program in additi...

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Jan Novotný

9 December 2020

Jihlava, Czech Republic

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After a Housing First program in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city, stabilized families' housing and health status, the city of Jihlava used local and European Union money, plus a charity's services, for ...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

8 December 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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In its first year, Operation Liberation helped more than 30 people post bail to be released from the Jackson County Detention Center. The operation focuses on bailing Black people out of jail when their lack of money ...

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Taylor Allen

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's mandatory Eviction Diversion program, started as a way to help landlords and tenants to cope with pandemic-related economic struggles, requires landlords to enter mediation with tenants who are behind o...

Christian Science Monitor

Shafi Musaddique

23 November 2020

United Kingdom

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The pandemic has highlighted the issue of child poverty in England leading to public indignation and the reversal of a government policy that sought to end free meals for children during summer vacation. Professional ...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Rob Perez

24 October 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A 100-year-old program provides virtually free land for Native Hawaiians to build their own home or buy one from a developer. Despite a $1/year land lease and low taxes, the program has failed to promptly provide affo...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

20 October 2020

United States

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Countries spanning several continents have experimented with basic income in often successful attempts to curb poverty, transition into the era of automation, reduce crime, and boost health and happiness outcomes. The...

New York Focus

Akash V. Mehta

12 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A key part of New York state's bail system reform legislation gave judges the ability to use alternative forms of bail designed to be more affordable to more people. But, by giving judges broad discretion, the law lef...

Al Jazeera

Kalpana Sunder

12 October 2020

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Back in 1988, Bina Sheth Lashkar, started noticing that students who lived in Slums were dropping out at high rates because they had to work to support their families. So, Bina and her colleague created Door Step Scho...

Wall Street Journal

Crystal Tai

9 October 2020

Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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13 million South Koreans were given money to spend in their local markets in order to stimulate the economy after the economic slowdown. The money is distributed through a debit card and significantly boosted sales fo...

CBC

Bridgette Watson

7 October 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A pilot project in Canada is challenging stereotypes by giving cash to people experiencing homelessness. The results of The New Leaf project showed that the money was managed well by recipients and led to fewer days o...

The Boston Globe

Jasmine Nicole Olivier

2 October 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Over the four decades that a major Boston public housing development was run by a tenant management corporation (TMC), residents' safety and relations with police improved in ways that serve as lessons today as gun vi...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

18 September 2020

Lockhart, Texas, United States

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At least 40 percent, or 2,000, students from Lockhart ISD didn’t have access to reliable internet. To address the issue, the school district built seven towers. They also installed antennas on individual homes so they...

The Appeal

Lauren Gill

14 September 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Families experiencing poverty 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 abl...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Harold Brubaker

12 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The MindSet program adopts 30 people per year for a five-year "mobility mentoring" program, coaching people living in poverty to set clear goals and helping them save toward economic independence. Run by the nonprofit...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

10 September 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The nonprofit Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) began SafeLot, a program providing an approved parking lot where people living in vehicles can spend the night safely. Safelots have sprung up nationwide,...

Dallas Morning News

Brooklynn Cooper

28 August 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Hotspots are helping bridge the digital divide in Dallas, one of the worst-connected cities in the U.S. compared to other similar-sized cities. A program that allows for residents to check out hotspots from the librar...

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