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Christian Science Monitor

Innocent Eteng

7 February 2019

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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A local, grass-roots art project in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, spreads awareness about and encourages action against government-sponsored evictions in the city's low-income communities. Cinematic films, music, and journa...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore passed a law that cracks down on rental property owners that have been operating without required inspection, leaving renters living in squalor. While critics fear that owners and landlords may lose business...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Abby Lynes

27 January 2019

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Community members in Bozeman work with students at Montana State University and city officials to test the sustainability and practicality of backyard apartments, or ADUs. Though high costs and historic value could be...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

24 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Several large philanthropic organizations, like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation, are pooling resources to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis. The funds will go to local non-profits wh...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Gregory Scruggs

21 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A community land trust in North Carolina uses a "shared equity" model to help minority and low income people obtain access to affordable housing. The trust owns the land underneath the house, therefore holding onto th...

ProPublica

Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

WEWS-TV

Kevin Barry

27 November 2018

Lorain, Ohio, United States

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The Lorain Demolition Board slowly chips away at the demolition of blighted homes across the city. With a jumpstart from the mayor, city inspectors have marked more than 350 properties around the town that require dem...

WDET

Jake Neher

12 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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As Michigan cities struggle with high eviction rates, Cleveland is trying out some creative ways to mitigate the difficult effects of eviction. One effort, mediation between tenants and landlords, might lead to evicti...

KUT

Audrey McGlinchy

12 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Getting renters involved in the conversation increases the diversity of voices and opinions in City Hall. In 2016, Seattle created a Renters’ Commission to provide a platform similar to traditional Home Owners’ Associ...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

9 November 2018

United States

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A growing number of tenant-focused websites are trying to level the power dynamic between shoddy landlords and tenants by giving tenants a voice. “There is a big power mismatch in today’s rental market, but it doesn’t...

The Washington Post

Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

Bloomberg CityLab

Barry Yeoman

15 October 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham, North Carolina works to maintain diversity of communities and perspectives by evaluating the inequities built into their current housing laws and economic opportunities. In redevelopment planning, the city als...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

31 August 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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A chef shows the "absurdity" of gentrification with a creative fundraising campaign. At one of Tunde Wey’s pop-up dinners, he charged $12 for a plate, but charged white people $30, to spark up conversations about raci...

San Francisco Public Press

Andrew Stelzer

27 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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In Madison, Wisconsin, encouraging mediation and dispute-resolution between tenants and landlords has helped to limit evictions and San Francisco is looking to scale the model. Mediation helps build a relationship bet...

San Francisco Public Press

Andrew Stelzer

27 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Proposition F, passed in 2018 with an implementation deadline of July 2019, cements San Francisco as a key advocate in making legal representation accessible, especially in eviction cases. By passing a similar measur...

The Huffington Post

Jarrid Green

20 August 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, a community land trust helped Hasta Muerte, a local cafe, avoid eviction. All over the country, community land trusts are helping communities of color keep their affordable housing.

The Nation

Armando Aparicio

David Zlutnick

20 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Faced with rising rent costs, despite shoddy living conditions, tenants decided to join a rent strike, and take their case to the courts. So far the tenants have won three cases, and lost three. But, together they for...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

11 August 2018

Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, United States

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For low-income people living in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, the Honey Brook Food Pantry does more than provide food aid; it's also a hub to get assistance applying for food stamps, and perhaps most uniquely, a place to...

Crosscut

Josh Cohen

27 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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While Seattle’s City Council has taken steps to protect renters from rising costs and exploitative landlords, many tenants do not understand their rights. In order to address this disconnect, advocacy groups have orga...

Bloomberg CityLab

Nolan Gray

26 July 2018

United States

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Manufactured housing—including trailer homes and tiny houses—is a low-cost, small-footprint way to increase affordable housing. However, strict zoning requirements and even outright bans limit its impact.

CalMatters

Matt Levin

26 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In response to the rapidly developing Seattle housing crisis, the city has begun to rezone single-family housing as high-rise apartment buildings and create accessible public transportation in redeveloped areas. Thoug...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

Temple University

Austin Ampeloquio

Spring 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Though there continue to be stigmas and stereotypes around using medically-assisted treatments (MATs) for addiction rehabilitation, several housing units in Philadelphia work to make individuals using MAT as part of t...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

8 May 2018

United States

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Buying a house with 8 other people, tiny houses, forming a homeowners association to buy land, and community land trust’s are all different options people are taking to find alternate forms of housing that are afforda...

Next City

Josh Cohen

15 February 2018

Spokane, Washington, United States

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The city of Spokane has made it easier for multiple smaller housing units to be built on a plot of land by changing their zoning requirements. The change makes it easier for affordable housing to be built, among other...

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