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KBUT Community Radio

Stephanie Maltarich

30 November 2021

Crested Butte, Montana, United States

Radio

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After declaring a housing emergency, the town of Crested Butte purchased a 6-unit former bed and breakfast for seasonal workers. By declaring a state of emergency, the town was able to sidestep zoning rules that preve...

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Sarah Ravits

Jake Clapp

21 November 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Cities are contending with a rise in short term rentals which is exacerbating the already limited supply of affordable housing. The effort to rein them in includes fees being redirected to affordable housing funds, st...

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Lucas Brady Woods

16 November 2021

Colorado, United States

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As rents at mobile home parks continue to rise, a Colorado law giving park residents first dibs on buying the park has led to resident-owned parks across the state. Several of these parks are run as co-ops, with resid...

KGNU Community Radio

Lucy Haggard

10 November 2021

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Boulder made building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) easier by loosening regulations so that more can be built. ADUs, which can be attached to or behind a main house, address issues of affordable housing and housing ...

Planet Detroit

Nina Ignaczak

27 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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WeSolar makes solar power accessible to low-income residents by building and investing in community-solar farms and signing residents up for credits from investor-owned utilities. The startup, the first community sola...

Yes! Magazine

Judy Bankman

8 October 2021

Alaska, United States

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The Native Conservacy, a Native-owned and Native-led land trust, created a program to support and train Indigenous farmers to create their own kelp farms. Kelp is nutrient-rich, grows in the ocean, and requires no lan...

Southerly

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...

Koto Radio

Julia Caulfield

30 July 2021

Colorado, United States

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Short-term rental taxes are contributing to affordable housing projects in Colorado. In places like Telluride, where rentals account for about 35 percent of the housing stock, the new tax has not impeded rentals and h...

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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. Basics necessities have been set up through food pantries, rent assistance, clo...

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 ...

WBTV-TV

Jamie Boll

Jessica Dyer

25 June 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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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 Guardian

Christopher Pala

15 June 2021

Marshall Islands

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Regional cooperation has yielded both big profits and environmental protection to eight small Pacific island nations. Some of the world’s richest countries were overfishing their waters and making billions of dollars ...

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...

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