Economics

Can Churches Help to Ease the Affordable-Housing Shortage?

Houses of worship own billions worth of empty, deteriorating, or underused real estate. Some local governments and denominations are overcoming obstacles to carve it into badly needed housing for their communities.
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New Vending Machines Are Bringing Safe, Cheap Water to Nairobi's Slums

Until now, Mukuru residents have had no option but to buy polluted water from informal vendors charging exorbitant prices
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Lawmakers Are Tackling ‘Period Poverty’ with Tax Cuts and School Supplies

As with many national social movements, young people have been on the frontlines of the menstrual equity push. In 2020, students across the country raised money, lobbied, held school assemblies, and launched social media campaigns to make period products free in their schools
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How Denver Tackled Homelessness While Saving Money

The Denver study proves that highly vulnerable people living on the street will accept housing and, with help, stay housed for the long term. That’s good news at a time when homelessness is rising nationally and service providers say more people appear to be suffering from mental illness.
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Can We Tell History Through the Lens of Peacebuilding Instead of War?

To bring peace to the frontlines, we first need a proper understanding of what peacemakers do and how they do it. Peace is commonly framed as passive, but the institute aims to dissolve the dichotomy of war and peace, which disregards the conscious act of building peace.
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North Carolina Just Opened Their First Peer-Run Respite Center as an Alternative to Hospitalization for People in Mental Health Distress

A mental health agency in Charlotte run by people with lived experience opens North Carolina’s first peer-run respite center as an alternative to landing in the emergency room for mental health issues.
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