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Oscar Perry Abello

28 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Hope Credit Union has a mission: serving mostly black, marginalized communities in the South whose capital was historically displaced through slavery. In 2017, the credit union gave out $100 million in loans. ‘That to...

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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Rishika Pardikar

25 September 2018

Karnataka, India

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In rural communities, firewood extraction hurts both human health and wildlife habitat. In India, a group of conservationists are helping villages switch from wood-burning to liquified petroleum gas. While logistics a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 August 2018

Uganda

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After hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees fled to Europe in 2015, wealthy European countries became more invested in fixing a broken immigration system, something which had traditionally fallen on poorer countr...

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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.

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Katy Reckdahl

20 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Community organizing may be the key to a comeback along New Orleans’ Claiborne Avenue. Once home to a booming block of African American-owned businesses, many left once a new expressway demolished the street in the 19...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

2 August 2018

Carbondale, Colorado, United States

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Carbondale is one of several Colorado towns that is focusing on preserving affordability for local artists. Since a different town was selected for a state-run program called Space to Create, Carbondale had to get mor...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

2 August 2018

Trinidad, Colorado, United States

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One small town in Colorado has spurred economic development by implementing a strategy that focused on the revitalization of creative industries. As a result, Trinidad, CO, has seen a twofold increase in lodging tax i...

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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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Catherine Osborn

13 July 2018

Salvador, Brazil

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A start-up accelerator in Salvador, Brazil is aiming to support black-owned businesses through its business incubator resources. Dende Valley, named as a nod to Silicon Valley, is an accelerator that prioritizes and t...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

11 July 2018

Palmer, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Knik Tribe’s Community Development Financial Institution is offering financial opportunities to individuals in low-income communities who wouldn't have them otherwise. The organization, and others like ...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

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Sandra Larson

26 June 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The Akron Community Revitalization Fund has already invested in the development of downtown Akron, a city once known for rubber manufacturing but now working to redefine itself. The revolving loan fund is comprised of...

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Shaima Shamdeen

26 June 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Renting Partnerships organizes affordable housing communities that stay affordable. By meeting the expectations of the community, such as paying rent on time, residents can earn and cash out financial equity after sta...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 June 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Community foundations have a new way to invest their funds: they can opt to invest in community projects, such as credit unions, as opposed to more traditional financial investments. The Self-Help Federal Credit Union...

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Tracy Geibel

15 June 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Ohio has more than 50 land banks, which are best known for reducing blight by demolishing old buildings, but several land banks are trying creative ways to enhance their land on a budget. Successful projects include a...

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Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

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Michaela Winberg

12 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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By offering flexible rent, a Philadelphia nonprofit allows low-income residents to attain economic success. Financed through an initial endowment, the Women’s Community Revitalization Projected is sustained by support...

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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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storef...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

2 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new program in a Philadelphia neighborhood is offering opportunities for locals to curb gentrification. Gentrification occurs when outside developers come to an area and change it without leaving room for locals to ...

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Priti Salian

21 March 2018

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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The Aravani Art Project is a project that works to raise the visibility and voice of the trans community in India. It does so by employing them to paint murals across the country (and even one in Sri Lanka) featuring ...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 February 2018

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Eleanor Lee is one of many women leading the charge to restore the Granby neighborhood in Liverpool. The few households that remained inhabited after the neighborhood was forgotten came together and formed a community...

National Observer

Emilee Gilpin

19 December 2017

Bella Colla, British Columbia, Canada

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In the the Nuxalk Nation, the deep seated effects of colonialism were felt, literally. The Nation had a housing crisis, that was exacerbated by outside contractors and architects who built subar housing. In 2015, comm...

Yes! Magazine

Fran Korten

13 December 2017

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Kimber Lanning, is the founder of Local First Arizona, a coalition of local businesses with 3,200 members, making it the largest in the country. Local First helps local businesses obtain the resources they need to co...

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