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Melia Russell

5 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Access to a smartphone or Internet services can assist in escaping homelessness. By offering WiFi, San Francisco-based homeless shelters hope not only to bring more individuals in off the street, but also to provide t...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Allison Herrera

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5 February 2019

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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By reducing daycare costs to nearly nothing, Québec's universal child care program allows more women than ever to join the labor force, rather than stay home and care for their children. The United States now looks to...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sarah Toth Stub

5 February 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel

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An Israeli Facebook group serves as a women's network for current or former prostitutes seeking help and support. The Hebrew-language group, called Lo Omdot Mineged, provides help in many forms, ranging from crowdsour...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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4 February 2019

Elsie, Michigan, United States

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Smartphone technology levels the playing field for low-incoming people, utilizing services that manage SNAP food-assistance budgets, pay parking tickets on time, payday loans, and more. Applications like Fresh EBT wor...

Next City

Malcolm Burnley

4 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Riverside Correction Facility in Philadelphia has implemented a program that allows incarcerated new mothers the opportunity to both learn about the benefits of maintaining breast milk supply, and also provide it for ...

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Nick Fouriezos

31 January 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Despite not yet charged with a crime, many of those incarcerated are in jail because they can't afford a cash bail. Criminal justice reformers are working to change that by both posting bail for those that cannot affo...

The Hechinger Report

Mareesa Nicosia

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28 January 2019

Alaska, United States

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Three school districts in northwestern Alaska are using a high-speed fiber-optic cable connection to increase connectivity and offer students new opportunities to use educational technology that their peers in other p...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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24 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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For social service agencies, prioritizing well-being requires new procedures and a framework for understanding holistic wellness. The Full Frame Initiative has partnered with agencies in the states of Massachusetts an...

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Nick Dall

22 January 2019

Cameroon

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In Cameroon, community members were facing a dire situation with a lack of efficient access to blood banks. Infiuss, an online blood bank, aims to fill this crucial gap in care by delivering bags of blood to patients ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

22 January 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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When Sanjay Patel realized there was unused land and parking lots near many of Atlanta's MARTA stations, he had an idea - working with city partners, Patel built soccer fields in and adjacent to several stations, offs...

Politico

Benjamin Wermund

16 January 2019

Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States

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In Tennessee, a current program for free community college for all residents is overwhelmingly popular; the program has been framed as a necessary tool for job training and economic development, funded through lottery...

INDY Week

Sarah Willets

15 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham County relieved hundreds of outstanding traffic fines in an effort to restore suspended driver's licenses. The program, called Durham Expungement and Restoration (DEAR), "identified more than 11,000 people elig...

Governing

Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

The Bay State Banner

Sandra Larson

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10 January 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Boston Senior Civic Academy teaches older adults how to stay informed about and involved in local politics, covering issues from financial insecurity to dementia-friendly city planning. The program, which serves e...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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9 January 2019

United States

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Trans- and queer-affirming people often feel isolated in a fitness industry where even the gym sign-up forms only have selections for either female or male. Decolonizing Fitness, an Instagram-based community, aims to ...

Medium

Charlotte West

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8 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In cities like Denver, Seattle, and Chicago, faith-based communities use their land to aid in the affordable housing crisis. Because many communities of faith sit on large expanses of valuable land within city limits,...

The Guardian

Nick Van Mead

8 January 2019

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's de facto capital and megacity-to-be, has cut transportation times by providing a bus system that avoids traffic congestion and chaotic intersections. Though the bus system still struggles to ...

Daily Emerald

Ryan Nguyen

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7 January 2019

Oregon, United States

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The Oregon Promise, which will pay a portion of an in-state student's tuition towards one of Oregon's community colleges, has been a game changer for some undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students. While...

Atlas Obscura

Lola Mendez

3 January 2019

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

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San Pedro La Laguna, a town in Guatemala, has banned single use plastics including plastic bags and straws after realizing that plastic pollution was ruining the ecosystem of Lake Atitlan and that a new waste facility...

Grady Newsource

Rebecca Nauth

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30 December 2018

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Going Home, a program implemented by a homeless shelter in Athens-Clarke County in Georgia, helps homeless individuals maintain long-term housing and foster financial independence. The program pays six months of rent ...

The New York Times

Patrick Adams

28 December 2018

Bangladesh

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In the aftermath of the Bangladesh war for independence of 1971, the newly formed country was reeling from the result of system sexual violence perpetuated by the Pakistani military forces as well as locals; in respon...

Coloradoan

Saja Hindi

27 December 2018

Larimer County, Colorado, United States

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Mobile fingerprint scanners are proving to be a useful asset to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Northern Colorado. From confirming the identity of those without their license to identifying a dead body, this te...

BBC

Susila Silva

25 December 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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Around the world, people are putting out Little Free Libraries—a small birdhouse like box for people to take, leave, or swap books. These libraries have helped create easy access to book ownership and reading as well ...

All Africa

Jeffrey Moyo

24 December 2018

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Solar power systems and panels are being installed at health centers across Zimbabwe. In a country with common electricity shortages, these solar power systems ensure there are lights, refrigeration, and working machi...

Governing

Mattie Quinn

21 December 2018

New York, United States

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Studies have shown that hiring a doula to be present during pregnancy can have significant benefits that contributes to childbirth success rates. To expand access, New York has become the third state that will allow w...

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