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Victoria Bouloubasis

30 September 2021

Texas, United States

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Some states and cities protect residents of mobile-home communities from eviction with opportunity-to-purchase laws, which require the corporations that rent the land beneath a mobile home to give residents a chance t...

Detour Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

23 September 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Students of the Better Buildings, Better Blocks class are getting a lesson in real estate development. Not only do participants have the chance to build a business, they will also be doing it in their own neighborhood...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

16 September 2021

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Mobile home owners in Colorado are beginning to own their own communities due in part to legislation that is making it easier to do so. Resident-owned communities preserve the affordable housing stock, which manufactu...

Time Magazine

Abby Vesoulis

Abigail Abrams

16 September 2021

Compton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income program is giving people the financial security to invest in themselves, avoid predatory loans, pay off debt, and improve their general quality of life. The lack of conditions on how the monthly ca...

Mother Jones

Alissa Quart

September - October 2021

United States

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The cooperative business model has boomed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Worker cooperatives allow employees to run and own a business, giving them more control as well as a share of profits. Co-ops not only have a...

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L'Monique King

23 July 2021

United States

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Black communities across the country are working toward economic mobility by providing wraparound services to those in underserved areas. Food pantries, rent assistance, clothing, funds for transportation and medical ...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Rachel D. Cohen

20 July 2021

Ketchum, Idaho, United States

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An affordable housing initiative in Vail, Colorado is paying owners to reserve rentals for those who live in the area year-round, instead of selling to part-time residents. The success of the program is inspiring Ketc...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

8 July 2021

Virginia, United States

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When two hospital systems merged to create Ballad Health, agreements ensured all hospitals would stay open for at least five years and essential services in each of the rural and poorly served counties would be mainta...

High Country News

Jessica Kutz

8 July 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Casitas, also known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are being legalized and promoted by several western states. Arizona is the latest to legalize ADUs in a bid to ease the shortage of affordable housing. An ADU pi...

The Discourse

Shalu Mehta

2 July 2021

Langford, British Columbia, Canada

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A new rent-to-own development is providing an affordable housing option. Known as My Belmont, the new solution is combining affordability with walkability as well as access to public transportation - a combination tha...

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Oscar Perry Abello

29 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Chicago got the financial boost it needed to secure a commercial space for expansion through a city fund. The Chicago Community Trust allowed ChiFresh Kitchen to make their business plan ...

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Jessica Dyer

25 June 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Charlotte's tight housing market can prove unaffordable to young professionals, with high rents equal to half a person's income. The "essential housing" niche, a middle ground between luxury homes and lower-cost "affo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

21 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Financial Scholars is bringing financial literacy to students and their families as well. Students are taught about credit scores, bank accounts, and budgets, as well as entrepreneurial skills through an ...

The Counter

Vivienne Machi

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Delivery cooperatives are being formed as alternatives by drivers who are pooling their money and charging customers a one-time fee in a subscription-based model. Customers and restaurants alike pay a set monthly fee ...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

10 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The food-supply business is known for exploitative pay and poor working conditions. But Brooklyn Packers, a Black-owned cooperative launched in 2016, pays its owner-workers and vendors fair wages and is founded on tra...

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Henry Pan

10 June 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With extra buses available due to lower ridership during the pandemic, Metro Transit worked with key partners to turn six buses into mobile vaccination clinics. Metro Transit provided drivers and retrofitted the buses...

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Emily Nonko

9 June 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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Artists at Work is a pilot project of THE OFFICE performing arts + film that paired artists with cultural and community partners to work on local initiatives. For their work, the artists were paid a living wage, inclu...

Capital Daily

Jimmy Thomson

19 May 2021

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Canadian cities lack the housing supply to keep up with demand and zoning laws are partly to blame. Land is designated specifically for single-family homes, which is the least efficient use of space, generates the low...

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Ambika Chawla

14 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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An initiative to bring solar power to public housing in D.C. is helping residents of Jubilee Housing. Community solar, which shares the electricity generated amongst multiple households, makes solar energy an affordab...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

13 May 2021

United States

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Worker-run co-ops in the food industry and in the care sector, industries hard hit by COVID-19, have proved resilient in weathering the pandemic. Some, like Cooperative Home Care Associates, partnered with other co-op...

Christian Science Monitor

Erika Page

10 May 2021

Richmond, California, United States

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A bicycle shop owned cooperatively by its worker-owners is also a nonprofit that serves its community in a number of ways. Rich City Rides plans wellness events and programs in California in addition to social bike ri...

WCNC-TV

Nate Morabito

8 May 2021

North Carolina, United States

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As COVID-19 forced some low cost and free clinics to use telemedicine to treat patients it became clear that it was an efficient and convenient way to reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room and meet the immedi...

Boulder Weekly

Caitlin Rockett

6 May 2021

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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In land-scarce Boulder, where high demand has priced many people out of the housing market, government-funded affordable housing has used human-focused design to look every bit as attractive as more expensive housing....

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Jared Brey

4 May 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Legacy Resident Retention program is helping longtime homeowners remain in their homes despite rising taxes and property values in Atlanta, Georgia. The program aims to mitigate gentrification and displacement as ...

WCNC-TV

Nate Morabito

4 May 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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The Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy uses limited funding to provide lawyers to renters facing eviction. Preventing homelessness is more cost effective than providing services for people experiencing homelessness, ...

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