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100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

5 May 2020

Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States

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West Virginians from Clarksburg mobilized to tackle the issue of homelessness once the pandemic highlighted the vulnerability faced by the homeless who could not shelter in place. Advocates came together to get people...

Manchester Ink Link

Damien Fisher

3 May 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's community mental health centers are working together to deliver both in-person and telehealth services to community members during the coronavirus pandemic. All 10 of the state's centers are "sharing i...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

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Sydney Brownstone

3 May 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Prompted by the threat of COVID-19, Seattle and King County have rapidly taken steps to protect people experiencing homelessness with responses that activists have long sought. By moving hundreds of people out of crow...

CapRadio

Chris Nichols

13 April 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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In Sacramento, a mobile shower unit is helping the city's homeless population stay clean and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with the unit are also distributing fresh clothes and bagged lunches.

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Sarah Donahue

9 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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An innovative partnership between Bell Shelter, a homeless shelter, Grow Good, an urban farm, and the Salvation Army is bringing healthy food and cooking to a new audience in Los Angeles. People experiencing homelessn...

Los Angeles Times

Rachel Scheier

3 April 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Activists in Berkeley, California, are filling in what they say is a gap in homeless services during the coronavirus outbreak. Volunteers are safely delivering food and other supplies to those without shelter.

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Cinnamon Janzer

31 March 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A pilot program in Minneapolis is providing a safe place for unhoused residents to store their belongings for free and without any time limits. People experiencing homelessness can often be easily identified as such w...

Crain's Detroit Business

Sherri Welch

28 March 2020

Michigan, United States

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Following other models across the U.S., in Michigan's Oakland County, homeless shelters and local restaurants are partnering to weather the coronavirus pandemic. The county is paying restaurants to cook meals for food...

Oregon Live

Michael Russell

27 March 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A growing countywide effort in Oregon is serving as somewhat of a lifeline for restaurants threatened by coronavirus closures. Businesses are keeping on or rehiring some of their employees to make food for individuals...

Downtown Albuquerque News

Peter Rice

26 March 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A growing number of cities are creating formal camps to mitigate housing problems for those experiencing homelessness. The camps feature basic accommodations such as a three-walled structure under which a tent can be ...

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Jill Kestler-D'Amours

25 March 2020

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Studies show that between 5-10 percent of people living in homelessness are believed to have a pet, which could be a barrier to folks looking to spend the night in shelters that do not allow animals. Springs Rescue Mi...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Street medicine is used across the United States to bring health care access to those experiencing homelessness, but this model of care has had to adapt to better address living in times of coronavirus. For the Street...

KCRW

Madeleine Brand

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, city officials are working to repurpose recreational buildings to house those experiencing homelessness, in the hopes of containing the spread of coronavirus. The city and shelters are also partnering ...

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Adrian Ma

23 March 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on some of its most vulnerable populations, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is paying otherwise closed restaurants to make food for short-staffed homeless...

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Julia Hotz

26 February 2020

United States

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In New York and across eleven other cities in the United States, a non-profit organization called Back On My Feet leads early morning runs (starting at 5:30am) with members overcoming homelessness and the volunteers w...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

19 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia program called Our Closet offers a judgement-free way for people to access high-quality donated clothes without any barriers to entry—no paperwork, referral, or ID needed. As their services grew, they j...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

16 February 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Doctors from USC have formed a small street team that travels to homeless communities to treat medical concerns and help provide assistance. Part of a growing trend around the United States, these teams are playing a ...

HousingWire

Julia Falcon

14 February 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The City of Seattle partnered with Zillow to create a searchable database of affordable vacant rental units. Case managers are using the tool to get homeless residents into housing.

Chicago Tribune

Sophie Sherry

11 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, city workers take care to clear debris and abandoned tents but not informal settlements belonging to homeless populations. Workers with the Department of Streets and Sanitation worked with community lawyer...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Claire Wolters

8 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope offers free shower and laundry services for people experiencing homelessness. The service, while acknowledging it won’t solve chronic housing insecurity, does help improve quality of l...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

QNotes

Chris Rudisill

24 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The Beloved Community Village, a tiny-home community in Denver, Colorado, serves as an example of a successful housing model for people in insecure housing situations. The community takes a shared living approach and ...

Colorado Trust

Daliah Singer

22 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, Colorado, one homeless shelter is using trauma-informed design to make residents feel more at home and less likely to sleep outside. Architects building Sanderson Apartments considered past traumas when cho...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Taylor Stevens

3 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In Utah, Catholic Community Services uses an online survey platform called Pulse for Good to learn what members of vulnerable communities actually want and need. After generating input from the local homeless populati...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Taylor Stevens

2 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In Salt Lake City, Utah, a father-son duo started Project Empathy, which gives people experiencing homelessness a space to tell their stories and build community. Over meals, the father and son team build connections ...

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