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Jonathan L. Wharton

21 April 2021

Connecticut, United States

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A shortage of affordable housing options in Connecticut may be mitigated if proposals such as those in nearby states are implemented. New York and New Jersey require developers to set aside a certain percentage of new...

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Tom Kuser

19 April 2021

Connecticut, United States

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Innovative housing solutions in nearby states may help alleviate the lack of affordable housing in Connecticut. Vocational housing in New Jersey has enabled teachers and police officers to live in the areas they serve...

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Angela K. Evans

15 April 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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Almost since housing costs shot up in Boulder County in recent decades, the city of Boulder and surrounding communities have used a variety of methods to protect working-class residents from being priced out of a luxu...

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Nate Morabito

26 March 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Right to Counsel laws ensure legal representation for tenants facing eviction in Ohio and New York. Results from various cities show that free legal aid results in lower eviction rates. Eviction rates in North Carolin...

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Adina Solomon

24 March 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Renters in Atlanta’s DeKalb County were given the opportunity to buy their homes at below-market values. Instead of selling homes to the highest bidders, a development company that bought the 72 homes sought to preven...

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Chris Rudisill

19 March 2021

Houston, Texas, United States

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When gentrification made housing unaffordable for many people in Houston's historically Black Third Ward neighborhood, local activists sought remedies beyond standard federal tax incentives for affordable housing. A c...

Santa Fe Reporter

Leah Cantor

3 March 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A shortage of available affordable housing in Santa Fe, New Mexico was exacerbated by inclusionary zoning laws that discouraged real estate development. Restrictions on new rental properties drastically increased rent...

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Arielle Davis

2 March 2021

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Restore Hope Ministries worked to prevent homelessness and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic by using private donations, foundation grants, and CARES Act funds to provide rental assistance to 1,422 households. Ea...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

22 February 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Agape Village, located on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, is a housing community helping people in a state of homelessness get back on their feet. Although the cabins on the property lack plumbing and electricity, ...

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Taylor Haggerty

15 February 2021

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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A 'pay to stay' law in Toledo and Yellow Springs, Ohio, is enabling renters to stay in their homes if they can cover any late rental payments in full. Current Ohio law allows a landlord to file for an eviction even if...

The Land

Dan Polletta

26 January 2021

Slavic Village, Ohio, United States

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The Slavic Village Development, a non-profit community development agency, is helping to connect residents who are facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic with financial assistance. The organization provides f...

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Nate Berg

25 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate investor has led the charge in creating a Housing Impact Fund in Charlotte, NC, to preserve affordable housing. The housing it seeks to preserve is not considered public housing but it does serve those w...

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Maansi Shah

21 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Vacant homes owned by the state of California were occupied in protest by activists in Los Angeles who want to bring attention to the homelessness crisis. Known as the Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community collective, the...

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Gabbriel Schivone

1 January 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Constables tasked with enforcing evictions in Arizona are taking a different approach during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of forcing residents out and changing the locks, constables are delaying evictions to foll...

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Jared Brey

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Dozens of evictions have been prevented in Philadelphia through a program that calls for mediation between landlord and tenant. The Eviction Diversion Program requires that disputes be worked through before an evictio...

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Lauren Leazenby

18 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A chatbox is dispensing free legal advice and even writing and sending letters to landlords to help tenants facing eviction. Landlords typically hire lawyers in eviction cases, while the majority of tenants arrive in ...

WCNC-TV

Nate Morabito

10 December 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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North Carolina's rent-relief program, Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE), has helped 3,000 families pay their rent and utilities. But the program's reach has been cut short by some landlords' ref...

The Land

Conor Morris

19 October 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Renters facing eviction in Cleveland, Ohio are receiving home visits from members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). They hand out pamphlets informing the residents of their options, their rights, and the repe...

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Conor Morris

19 October 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are using door-to-door campaigns to inform tenants about their rights if facing an eviction. Although evidence is limited about the success in preventing the evic...

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Paul Vercammen,

18 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Recycled shipping containers ae providing affordable housing options to families and veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Wraparound services on site help tenants with everything they need to stay housed...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

16 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York's Universal Access to Counsel Law gives tenants who are facing economic hardship a right to free legal advice which increases the chance of winning their case in housing court. Landlords typically have legal ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

28 August 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dividend housing is an innovative initiative in Cincinnati giving renters the benefit of building equity without buying or selling real estate. Residents earn credits by maintaining the property, attending monthly ten...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 August 2020

Milwaukee, Minnesota, United States

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The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides a comprehensive approach to providing affordable housing in seven counties across Minneapolis and St.Paul. The large area it serves allows families to move into either urb...

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Alex Nitkin

22 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After tense negotiations and protests, the Coalition for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) and the mayor of Chicago agreed to an ordinance guaranteeing a percentage of affordable housing for tenants making below 50...

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Andrew Kersley

9 July 2020

United Kingdom

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Renters' unions in the United Kingdom have provided more aide recently because the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated problems facing renters. The Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now is one of the lar...

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