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Billy Penn

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...

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...

The Guardian

Evi Mariani Sofian

4 April 2018

Jakarta, Philippines

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One kampung in Jakarta, or “informal urban neighborhood,” fought back against a city that didn’t want the neighborhood to exist. There has been a trend for these small neighborhoods to be bulldozed in the name of deve...

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...

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...

NPR

Miles Bryan

30 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The University of Illinois piloted a program to fund housing for homeless patients who frequent the ER as a means to get off the street, and seek treatment for their chronic health conditions. Maintaining stable housi...

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...

The Boulder Monitor

Jan Anderson

10 January 2018

Boulder, Montana, United States

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Affordable housing often needs several solutions to make sufficient impact in a community. In Boulder, Montana, several groups and funding sources are working together to keep a diverse stock of affordable housing ava...

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...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

6 December 2017

New York, United States

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The Regional Plan Association is a research and urban planning organization. They are deeply influential in the urban planning in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metropolitan area. The regional planning process ...

FastCompany

Katharine Schwab

21 November 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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New app Nesterly seeks to create affordable housing opportunities by pairing elderly residents with rooms to spare in their homes and younger people looking to find an affordable living situation in tightening rental ...

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...

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...

Politico

Mark Peterson

20 July 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, the city couldn't afford to create or maintain public housing. Using the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, San Francisco has been working to effectively privatize public housing while ...

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...

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...

Citiscope

Connor MacDonald

30 March 2017

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency, along with crippling bank-fostered debt cycles and exorbitant home mortgage interest rates, have created immense suffering for Myanmar's poor. But with the gu...

The Tennessean

David Plazas

29 January 2017

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is developing a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing to help address the challenges of rising property prices and gentrification for the city's poor and minorities. The city is hel...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

18 May 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit offers a model for providing residents with no-interest loans to perform upkeep on their houses, thereby working to stimulate the local construction economy and improve quality of life.

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

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 ...

KQED

Cy Musiker

17 June 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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In order to provide arts organizations with stable homes in the midst of rising property costs, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has purchased properties in San Francisco. These properties are sold to the...

FastCompany

Jessica Leber

17 December 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In order to secure affordable housing for artists in neighborhoods at risk of gentrification and displacement, Artspace purchases and renovates buildings across the country. Tenants are selected by a lottery with prio...

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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