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High Country News

Mark Fogarty

5 February 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A private company called Travois acts as a bridge between tribes and private investors in order to help make affordable housing more accessible in tribal homelands across the West. The company brings investors to trib...

Yes! Magazine

Hannah Norman

12 January 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Social justice organizations use digital cartography to tell stories about and bring awareness to unfair gentrification and landlord loopholes. By making massive data sets available and easily digestible to the public...

WEWS-TV

Ron Regan

27 December 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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At the worst point in the 2008 housing crisis, up to 30,000 houses in Cuyahoga County were vacant. The Cuyahoga County Land Bank aims to fix this problem by acquiring houses, eliminating blight, and transforming the h...

Crosscut

Gregory Scruggs

19 December 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle's real estate prices continue to rise, the city looks to Vancouver, BC's attempted solutions as a way to tackle affordable housing. While many responses in Vancouver need adjustment and correction, the city...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

17 December 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Minneapolis uses a stringent licensing system, which grades rental properties and leverages harsh punishments for landlords who rent out "subpar" properties, to improve living conditions for tenants. The approach has ...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

9 October 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington D.C., the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase act, gives tenants the right to be the first in line to buy the building they live in, if it goes up for sale. The city, also has a trust fund that finances affor...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

Slate

Henry Grabar

21 July 2017

New York, New York, United States

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"Nationwide, 90 percent of landlords have attorneys, but 90 percent of tenants do not." New York City is combating this inequality with a new law guaranteeing lawyers to defend low-income tenants in housing court. The...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

Jean Marbella

6 May 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Resources to prevent evictions in Baltimore continue to decline, even while other cities are allotting more resources to keeping people in their homes. This article explores the many problems facing Baltimore tenants ...

The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board

30 April 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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This is an opinion piece by the paper's staff based on a large series of investigative stories about evictions and substandard housing in Baltimore. It critiques a system that was designed to protect tenants, where th...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

Jean Marbella

26 April 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore is home to the nation’s first housing court. Established 70 years ago, the court was supposed to hold landlords accountable for code violations, such as failing to provide heat, remove lead paint, or respond...

Shelterforce

Lillian M. Ortiz

25 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Limited Equity Co-ops provide a long term, affordable housing solution for tenants. The method began in the 60s and is slowly rising again. In a LEC the value of the housing unit can’t go up to market value, and there...

The New York Times

Amy Maxmen

19 April 2017

Richmond, California, United States

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Social and economic factors are increasingly being linked to health circumstances and outcomes. This article highlights the city of Richmond, California, which has responded to this correlation, integrating issues of ...

WNYC

Sarah Hayley Barrett

17 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In the face of gentrification in their South Bronx neighborhood, Mott Haven, residents responded by creating the Mott Haven Port Morris Community Land Trust. Inspired by the Cooper Square Committee land trust, Mott H...

Equal Voice News

Chloe Riley

21 September 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Communities United a grassroots organizations in Chicago is solving the city's housing crisis with a program called ROOTS (Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay). The organization is bringing together financiers, devel...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

3 August 2016

Paris, France

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France’s cities, including Paris, are among the world’s most expensive to live in. In 2015, France passed rent control laws that restrict outlandish rent increases through the Rent Observatory that oversees the differ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Software and apps are helping millions of Americans trying to solve civil problems on their own.

The Guardian

Carlin Carr

14 April 2016

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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The Indian city where Gandhi established his first ashram can be grueling if you live in a slum: 50 ºC temperatures, poor ventilation, no running water. A group of women had had enough and agreed to work with developers.

Bloomberg CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

9 February 2016

Pleasantville, New York, United States

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenario...

Next City

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.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

George Rodrigue

25 October 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Lead poisoning is not purely a problem of the poor - it can affect any child living in an older home, or playing on contaminated soil. New solutions journalism efforts aim to increase transparency about the risks and ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

23 October 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has a list of lead-safe homes, a result of decades of cleaning up hazards with tens of millions of dollars in HUD grant money.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

23 October 2015

Rochester, New York, United States

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It's been a decade since the city of Rochester, New York, committed to tackling its lead poisoning problem head on. What resulted was a more than 80 percent drop in the number of children with high lead levels. It's a...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

9 July 2015

Berlin, Germany

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To address the increasing unaffordability of housing in Berlin, the city introduced a new rent control law to prevent rates from exponential growth. The city has also outlawed vacation rentals in certain zones of the ...

Places Journal

Susanne Schindler

1 October 2014

United States

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There is an escalating housing affordability crisis in America, where even the middle and creative classes are having difficulty finding somewhere they can afford to live. A possible solution could be cooperative hous...

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