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Politico

Rochelle Sharpe

12 September 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In Massachusetts, nonprofit Commonwealth Care Alliance is piloting a new experiment: using federal dollars from Medicare and Medicaid to provide preventive care and pay for the things that aren't explicitly medical, b...

Politico

Dan Diamond

12 September 2018

United States

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Despite reports of projected increased spending on Medicare and Medicaid, Medicare spending per-person has actually decreased in recent years, a change that has been attributed to a web of factors like value-centered...

The Huffington Post

Lindsay Fendt

6 September 2018

Costa Rica

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Costa Rico consistently places on lists of the happiest countries in the world; the levels of satisfaction, along with longevity of the citizens, has been attributed to its consistently high levels of investment in so...

The Huffington Post

David Dayen

28 August 2018

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, a highly popular version of Basic Income gives residents between $1000 and $3000 a month. Although this wealth fund, and similar ones in countries like Norway, have been considered, critics argue that it wo...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

15 August 2018

Liverpool, Merseyside, England

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A social enterprise in England is tackling the issue of so-called holiday hunger for children who go days without full meals during breaks from school. Named Can Cook, this organization makes over 37,000 meals around ...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

30 July 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Together, the nonprofit real estate developer Artspace and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a government program supporting creative industries statewide, are helping support artists through affordable housing and ...

MIT Technology Review

Brian Bergstein

20 June 2018

Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

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In Lindsay, Ontario, the provincial government is funding a pilot for a universal basic income that provides monthly stipends to those who are facing poverty to help boost them to at least 75 percent of the poverty li...

The Guardian

Mireille Silcoff

15 June 2018

Quebec, Canada

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Influenced by Scandavian countries, the province of Quebec created its own paid paternity leave program, which offers 70-75% paid leave. The program is aimed at dad’s, who have traditionally faced stigma and judgement...

WDET

Jake Neher

8 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Detroit has a water affordability problem, with 100,000 water shutoffs for non-payment recorded since 2014. When faced with a similar problem, Philadelphia implemented an income tier-based water affordability program....

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

1 June 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan looks to Tennessee's initiative that offers free community college education for every high-school graduate in the state. Only one year after Tennessee became the first state to offer such a...

KPBS Public Media

Amita Sharma

10 May 2018

Riverside, California, United States

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Riverside is the only city in California to solve veteran homelessness. The approach, called Housing First, works by placing vets into subsidized housing and then proceeding with support services like finding employme...

New York Daily News

Greg B. Smith

19 February 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has worked with countless non-profits to try to decrease homelessness in the city. Finally, one solution is showing positive effects. Supportive housing is a type of affordable h...

Politico

Adriana Lleras-Muney

10 January 2018

United States

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A study of a 1910 cash-based welfare program in the United States reveals the positive lifelong results of giving families cash to reduce poverty and prevent the long-term effects associated with it. Providing cash fo...

Politico

Mark Peterson

Derek Robertson

18 December 2017

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In Dallas, where the poverty rate was only lower than in Houston and Philadelphia in 2017, nonprofits and charities are using a comprehensive approach to provide immediate relief. Local organizations like Sharing Life...

Houston Chronicle

David Hunn

Ryan Maye Handy

James Osborne

9 December 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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What was originally conceived of to help protect homes from flooding has instead trapped homeowners in an endless cycle of filing claims and rebuilding their homes. The National Flood Insurance Program was supposed to...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Olson

17 November 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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More than half of Americans struggle - especially in recent years with considerable economic and political changes to systems like Social Security - to save for retirement, and it costs states millions in public assis...

The GroundTruth Project

Frank Dutan

2 October 2017

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Despite heavy pressure, attending college is not for everyone, and a university degree no longer guarantees job placement; meanwhile industries like manufacturing are facing a decline in interested, qualified workers....

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

7 September 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Billions of dollars in child support goes unpaid every year in the United States, but not all of those parents missing payments are negligent deadbeats - many are unemployed, incarcerated, or have disabilities that ar...

Eugene Weekly

Kaylee Tornay

Brittany Norton

Sam Felton

Natalia Riccardi

24 August 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Developed in 2016, the Eugene Community Court program offers individuals cited for nonviolent, minor crimes an alternative to prison. If a person agrees to participate, they are matched with a case manager who connect...

Bloomberg CityLab

Tanvi Misra

4 July 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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In the aftermath of an election "consumed with anti-immigration rhetoric," many of the same states that helped put Trump in the White House are not just home to growing numbers of immigrants and refugees, but many are...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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With new mayor-ordained shelters and support services unlikely to function until 2020, NYC’s 60,000+ homeless population is left in need of assistance in the meantime. But recently, an anti-homelessness nonprofit—Brea...

KCTS-PBS

Matt Mills McKnight

28 June 2017

Olympia, Washington, United States

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The economic growth along the West coast has been huge, but the population increase has also increased housing costs, pushing thousands onto the streets. In response, the non-profit Panza has developed a novel approac...

Bloomberg CityLab

Liz Wolfe

28 June 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Mitigating homelessness on Los Angeles' infamous "Skid Row" comprises myriad obstacles. But a collaboration between city officials, a USC architecture class project, and the Skid Row Housing Trust has responded with a...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

1 May 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Gunshot victims are often treated at hospitals only to be sent back into the community, where 1/3 will end up back in the hospital again. With a new emphasis on prevention and addressing the underlying issues, Ohio is...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

21 April 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Community leaders are working together to address the issue of food insecurity in Mansfield, caused not just by lack of access to grocery stores and fresh food sources, but also often by unemployment, high housing cos...

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