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CityLab

Laura Bliss

11 September 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Several projects across the U.S. are emerging as models for how parks and green spaces can be developed in low-income neighborhoods without spurring the displacement of current residents ("greening without gentrificat...

Marin Independent Journal

Richard Halstead

24 August 2019

Marin, California, United States

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A program run by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin uses government vouchers to encourage landlords to create additional affordable housing units with extra rooms in their home. The program, which prim...

Vox

Dylan Matthews

4 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A group of economics researchers and county officials in the Seattle area teamed up to create a more comprehensive approach to housing vouchers. Rather than simply provide a rental voucher, the city piloted a program ...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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31 July 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Minneapolis serves as a model for other cities as it addresses the affordable housing crisis by de-incentivizing the development of single-family houses. By changing zoning laws to benefit the construction of duplexes...

Indiana Environmental Reporter

Beth Edwards

20 May 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Despite disputes between an Indianapolis church and a local utility company over net metering, the congregation continues to seek financing and resources for renewable energy-centered affordable housing projects. The ...

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Carly Stern

19 May 2019

Vienna, Virginia, United States

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Affordable housing finance models, from public-private partnerships to sustainable investments, offer millennial professionals a way to own or rent housing without the burden of skyrocketing rents popping up in cities...

NPR

Jenifer McKim

3 April 2019

New York, United States

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New York City has pioneered one of the nation's first programs to provide free legal services to low-income tenants under threat of eviction. Recent studies have indicated that evictions declined more in cities that h...

Sojourners

Christina Colón

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18 March 2019

Syracuse, New York, United States

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Strategies for combatting sexual harassment in housing across the United States begin with increased awareness and reporting. With incidents of sexual harassment in housing chronically underreported since the passing...

Next City

Jared Brey

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19 February 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Columbus, Ohio aims to make housing more affordable by enacting he Central Ohio Community Land Trust; the community land trust uses ideas from other national affordable financing models to ensure low-income Columbus r...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

12 February 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities with large numbers of empty apartments look to Vancouver's apartment tax, which taxes owners for unused apartment space. After the tax was put in place, the number of unoccupied apartments in Vancouver went dow...

The Christian Science Monitor

Innocent Eteng

7 February 2019

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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A local, grass-roots art project in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, spreads awareness about and encourages action against government-sponsored evictions in the city's low-income communities. Cinematic films, music, and journa...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

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7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore passed a law that cracks down on rental property owners that have been operating without required inspection, leaving renters living in squalor. While critics fear that owners and landlords may lose business...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Abby Lynes

27 January 2019

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Community members in Bozeman work with students at Montana State University and city officials to test the sustainability and practicality of backyard apartments, or ADUs. Though high costs and historic value could be...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

24 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Several large philanthropic organizations, like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation, are pooling resources to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis. The funds will go to local non-profits wh...

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Gregory Scruggs

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21 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A community land trust in North Carolina uses a "shared equity" model to help minority and low income people obtain access to affordable housing. The trust owns the land underneath the house, therefore holding onto th...

ProPublica

Molly Parker

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21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

WEWS-TV (ABC News 5 Cleveland)

Kevin Barry

27 November 2018

Lorain, Ohio, United States

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The Lorain Demolition Board slowly chips away at the demolition of blighted homes across the city. With a jumpstart from the mayor, city inspectors have marked more than 350 properties around the town that require dem...

WDET News

Jake Neher

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12 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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As Michigan cities struggle with high eviction rates, Cleveland is trying out some creative ways to mitigate the difficult effects of eviction. One effort, mediation between tenants and landlords, might lead to evicti...

KUT Austin

Audrey McGlinchy

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12 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Getting renters involved in the conversation increases the diversity of voices and opinions in City Hall. In 2016, Seattle created a Renters’ Commission to provide a platform similar to traditional Home Owners’ Associ...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

9 November 2018

United States

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A growing number of tenant-focused websites are trying to level the power dynamic between shoddy landlords and tenants by giving tenants a voice. “There is a big power mismatch in today’s rental market, but it doesn’t...

Washington Post

Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

CityLab

Barry Yeoman

15 October 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham, North Carolina works to maintain diversity of communities and perspectives by evaluating the inequities built into their current housing laws and economic opportunities. In redevelopment planning, the city als...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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31 August 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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A chef shows the "absurdity" of gentrification with a creative fundraising campaign. At one of Tunde Wey’s pop-up dinners, he charged $12 for a plate, but charged white people $30, to spark up conversations about raci...

San Francisco Public Press

Andrew Stelzer

27 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Proposition F, passed in 2018 with an implementation deadline of July 2019, cements San Francisco as a key advocate in making legal representation accessible, especially in eviction cases. By passing a similar measur...

San Francisco Public Press

Andrew Stelzer

27 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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In Madison, Wisconsin, encouraging mediation and dispute-resolution between tenants and landlords has helped to limit evictions and San Francisco is looking to scale the model. Mediation helps build a relationship bet...

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