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Bloomberg

Amy Yee

23 September 2021

New York, United States

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the pandemic can now receive aid through the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1 billion fund is the largest of its kind and the result of 18 months of lobby...

WTVR-TV

Caroline Coleburn

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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If Virginia taxpayers who lost their jobs in the pandemic want to understand why their unemployment insurance payments lagged for months and why they couldn't get the Virginia Employment Commission on the phone, they ...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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Four years before the pandemic caused unemployment compensation claims to spike, South Carolina took advantage of a federal grant to modernize its claims processing systems. That upgrade saved thousands of hours of ti...

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Kevin Duggan

15 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs relied on help from 34 community groups to distribute a $20 million relief fund from the Open Society Foundation. The groups verified who needed the funds, and no p...

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Kagondu David Njagi

15 April 2021

Kwale, Kenya

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As a way to combat unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further deforestation in Kenya, local rangers are using smartphones, satellite feeds, and global mapping to monitor their forests. The projec...

BBC

Richard Kenny

Hannah Gelbart

24 March 2021

Togo

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"Poverty maps" that combine satellite imagery and survey data enabled the Togolese government to target emergency pandemic charitable aid to the people in greatest need. Togo officials relied on the expertise of Unive...

Bridge Michigan

Robin Erb

22 March 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan state legislature temporarily boosted the pay of direct caregivers working with seniors and people that have disabilities by $2 an hour in recognition of their essential and sometimes risky services durin...

BBC

Hannah Gelbart

16 March 2021

Togo

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Togo distributed money to people in need, including informal sector workers, by identifying them using machine learning. Algorithms search satellite photos for clues of poverty, using measures like building density, a...

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Tomáš Brolík

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Jiří Nádoba

22 March 2020

Czech Republic

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Českou republiku v začátcích pandemie koronaviru sužoval nedostatek zdravotnického materiálu. Chyběly také roušky, které pomáhají omezit přenos nákazy. Švadlena Michaela Moudrá z jihomoravských Hodějic na krizovou sit...

Spotlight PA

Charlotte Keith

15 February 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's coronavirus rent relief program rolled out during the first few months of the pandemic, it failed to help many due to strict deadlines, poor information management, a payment cap, and overall proce...

The Land

Dan Polletta

26 January 2021

Slavic Village, Ohio, United States

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The Slavic Village Development, a non-profit community development agency, is helping to connect residents who are facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic with financial assistance. The organization provides f...

CNN

Henrik Pettersson

Krystina Shveda

Byron Manley

Susanne Gargiulo

Mark Oliver

20 December 2020

Finland

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Finland, Norway, and Denmark are three countries that have largely been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep average daily deaths low, by implementing some of the "most relaxed combinations of restrictions....

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chris Serres

18 December 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After facing staffing shortages during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Human Services developed an aggressive emergency hiring initiative ahead of potential new outbreaks. Using...

Wired

Tom Simonite

17 December 2020

Togo

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To quickly distribute money to poverty-stricken areas in Togo during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's government turned to mobile cash payments. Working with a nonprofit and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective G...

Civil Eats

Hannah Ricker

14 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the ways in which the food system is broken, but governments, NGOs, and philanthropists are working to address the discrepancies by connecting small-scale farmers of color with bus...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Meg McIntyre

12 December 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Since the pandemic, 50 childcare programs in New Hampshire shut down permanently. That’s because childcare centers receive payments based on attendance, not enrollment. To help, states like New Hampshire, and others, ...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

The Land

Grant Segall

1 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is helping low-income people facing legal hardships and civil issues obtain fair representation and access to services and aid. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has st...

The New York Times

Ezra Marcus

23 November 2020

United States

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Students across the country are dealing with food and housing insecurity, and financial loss, conditions that have been exacerbated because since the pandemic. In response, students in some colleges and universities c...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Breda

3 November 2020

Norway

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Despite a nationwide months-long coronavirus lockdown in Norway, the economy was able to remain stable due to a "decades-long effort to create an equitable economy" that helped the government to enact a package that p...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

26 October 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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In southwestern Louisiana, the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing wrangled 19 hotels into a makeshift network during the pandemic to house people experiencing homelessness. With help from Beacon C...

100 Days in Appalachia

Beth Ward

19 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Several organizations — including the Kentucky Black Farmer Fund, Community Farm Alliance, and Black Soil: Our Better Nature — are working together to provide disaster relief funds during the COVID-19 pandemic to Blac...

Billy Penn

Layla A. Jones

13 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Accessing information about unemployment compensation online just got easier for residents of Pennsylvania. The current chat box capacity is 500 but will be increased to 50,000 by the end of the year. The phone hotlin...

Generocity

Erin Flynn Jay

25 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) were critical in distributing funds to workers in Philadelphia who were unable to tap into other government relief payments in the wake of the pandemic. The trusted organizations h...

Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

8 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, teachers across the city created mutual aid groups to help students and their families pay rent, buy groceries, or cover medical bills. By using their existing networks, social media, and apps like Venmo, ...

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