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Jared Brey

19 February 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Columbus, Ohio aims to make housing more affordable by enacting he Central Ohio Community Land Trust; the community land trust uses ideas from other national affordable financing models to ensure low-income Columbus r...

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 Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 February 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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As gentrification drives involuntary displacement in Denver, Colorado, the city planners elsewhere in Colorado aim to avoid the same fate by instituting policy safeguards. Fort Collins has put in extra protection for ...

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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...

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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...

Block Club Chicago

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Mauricio Peña

12 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Turning land owned by transit agencies into transit-oriented housing developments creates opportunities for affordable housing. Instead of building another parking garage in Oakland, California, community leaders and ...

International Examiner

Amy Zimmer

Chetanya Robinson

11 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Grassroots organizations, like the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, seek to preserve Chinatown’s heritage and fight the displacement of old-time residents by gentrification. The organizations bought an historic hotel t...

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...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

The Washington Post

Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

Nation Africa

Aggrey Omboki

27 September 2018

Kenya

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Kenya is launching a program to build more affordable housing by providing infrastructure like water and roads, as well as funding from the World Bank and lower levies on the cost of doing business in order to attract...

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Emily Nonko

5 September 2018

Florida, United States

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A community land trust is helping people in the Keys find another home, after Hurricane Irma ravished the area. “Four cottages are expected to wrap construction this fall, with another five finished by early 2019.” Th...

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...

Christian Science Monitor

Alex P. Kellogg

31 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit was devastated by the housing crisis and has struggled since the city went bankrupt, but organizations across the city are helping home-renters and homeowners bounce back from tax foreclosure. The Quicken Loan...

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...

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Fergus Peace

16 August 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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CURANT is a co-housing program launched by the city of Antwerp in Belgium, meant to support unaccompanied children who become legal adults. Participants are offered subsidized housing and are co-housed with a buddy, w...

Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

8 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Preventing housing loss due to gentrification requires getting community members to the table before development plans take effect. Radix Consulting, a B Corp based in Portland, OR, is promoting community-led urban de...

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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.

Governing

Mattie Quinn

24 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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With vehicular homelessness on the rise along the West Coast, safe parking programs provide much-needed privacy and a sense of community. San Diego and Santa Barbara are models.

Bloomberg CityLab

Hallie Golden

18 July 2018

Duvall, Washington, United States

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To control costs. create stability and maintain community, residents of mobile home parks are teaming up to create co-ops and buy the land their homes sit on from their landlords. More than 200 mobile home parks have...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

13 July 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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The city of Buffalo is beginning to gentrify, and long-time residents are trying to stop it and keep housing affordable. Under leadership of locals and with support from city officials, the new Fruit Belt Community La...

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