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Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

1 May 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team operates on the premise that even though many want to see police excluded from any role in dealing with homelessness, residents still call 911 and demand a police resp...

What's Next Magazine

Jessica Kantor

29 April 2021

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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When Las Vegas' restrictions on encampments pushed unhoused people into a shopping center outside the restricted zone, Vegas Stronger worked with business owners and the police to intervene without the need for arrest...

Portland Tribune

Jim Redden

28 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Multnomah County sold its unused Wapato Jail to a developer whose nonprofit partner has used grants and donations to turn the former jail into Bybee Lakes Hope Center, a residential treatment program for unhoused peop...

Capital Current

Tobin Ng

27 April 2021

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

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Temporary modular housing is alleviating homelessness in Richmond, Canada. Stacked units are quicker and cheaper to construct and the temporary housing comes with wraparound services such as meals, support groups, and...

Sacramento Bee

Vincent Moleski

7 April 2021

Elk Grove, California, United States

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Residents experiencing homelessness in Elk Grove, California, are being paid to clean up their encampments. The job was done by public services employees prior to the pandemic and cost the city upwards of $10,000. Now...

KGW-TV

Laural Porter

19 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In its first month of operation, Portland Street Response Team began intervening with people on the streets who are experiencing substance abuse or mental health problems. The program, modeled on Eugene, Oregon's CAHO...

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Emily Nonko

16 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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People experiencing homelessness can now access hot showers and bathrooms at the Hygiene Hub. Staff at the Portland initiative include both unhoused paid workers and housed volunteers, all with extensive staff trainin...

Associated Press

Christopher Weber

11 March 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A community of 39 tiny homes has been built in Los Angeles, California, providing people experiencing homelessness with a safe and private place to live. Chandler Street Village provides three meals and wraparound ser...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

1 March 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Honolulu could benefit from adopting the approach to mental-health crisis calls to 911 that Eugene, Oregon, uses. But it would need to make big changes first in its critical infrastructure. Eugene's CAHOOTS program se...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

26 February 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS program, which sends medics and counselors on certain 911 calls instead of the police, has become a national model in the wake of 2020's criminal-justice protests. But its roots reach back half a century, ...

KGW-TV

Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

Civil Eats

Cinnamon Janzer

11 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A coffee shop is employing young people experiencing homelessness. Employment at the coffee shop provides the stability and support they need to find and maintain housing. Income, structure, and skills gained from emp...

CBS News

Li Cohen

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assisted Response) replaced police officers with health professionals on 748 calls for help. In incidents involving mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse, police backup w...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

FreshWater Cleveland

Conor Morris

3 February 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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During 2020, the city of Cleveland reduced the rate of people experiencing homelessness by 30% due to provisions put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Using eviction moratoriums for those at ris...

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Doug Johnson

1 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the Sidewalk Project gives unhoused people gifts of marijuana to ease their anxiety and to show kindness. Since its start in the spring of 2020, the group has gifted gram-sized portions of weed nearly ...

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Jared Brey

26 January 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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A successful tiny home community in Missouri is inspiring a doctor-nurse duo to establish one in Wilmington, North Carolina. The idea took hold after they realized that chronic homelessness had a huge impact on health...

The Christian Century

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

19 January 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Eugene's well-established CAHOOTS program for replacing police as first responders to certain types of 911 calls has become a model for multiple cities as they seek to replicate its success in an era of questioning th...

Eugene Weekly

Jade Yamazaki Stewart

14 January 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Providing people with housing and then giving them the services they need to stay housed is also a very effective way to save tax-payer money. Reducing chronic homeless through programs like The Madrone Project helps ...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

29 December 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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An array of services in Pima County, Arizona, greets hundreds of people getting released early from jail or helps keep them out of jail in the first place. By providing drug treatment, housing, job assistance, and oth...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Allan Parachini

24 December 2020

Kauai, Hawaii, United States

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Affordable housing and wraparound services are being offered to residents experiencing homelessness in Kauai, Hawaii. A new development constructed from shipping containers isn’t meant to be a permanent solution but i...

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...

CityLab

Hallie Golden

17 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Supportive housing options geared toward Native Americans specifically are rare but much-needed resources in urban areas like Seattle where up to 15% percent of the homeless population belongs to the native community....

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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Madeline Ackley

14 December 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Houston's effort to significantly decrease homelessness was successful due to the overhaul of its previous system which was disjointed, had too many services gaps, and often duplicated services. The new system provide...

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