Good News About Housing

People, governments, and organizations are addressing housing insecurity, homelessness, and affordable housing

A New Housing Program is Providing Stability for Kids After Wildfires and Climate Disasters

Wildfires often hit low-income, minority families and children the hardest. Talent, Oregon, offers a home-grown housing solution to the displacement that follows.
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Churches and Libraries Are Partnering To Address Homelessness

Public libraries and faith-based organizations, such as mosques, churches, and non-profits grounded in religious belief, are supporting people experiencing homelessness.
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Paris Shows How to Make Public Housing Greener and More Habitable at the Same Time

In the past decade, Paris has worked hard to align social housing with its larger climate goals. And Americans have a lot to learn from their efforts.
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States Are Buying Hotels to House Displaced Wildfire Survivors

The climate crisis and the pandemic are spurring local governments to take action — and finally, begin to address chronic homelessness.
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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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Artists Turned Empty Dutch Prisons Into Colorful Homes for Refugees

Plunging crime rates in the country have left prisons empty, and many are closing down. But the government is now using some of these empty prisons to house refugees, a population that’s growing as more migrants arrive in the country seeking asylum.
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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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Rebel Eviction-Enforcers Are Helping Tenants Stay In Their Homes

In Tucson Arizona, a group of constables went rogue and stopped enforcing evictions at the beginning of the year.
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Veteran Homelessness Has Decreased By Nearly 50 Percent Between 2009 and 2018

Certain communities are seeing veteran homelessness become a thing of the past entirely. The entire states of Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, and Virginia have effectively ended homelessness among veterans.
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Charleston Will Pay People to Build Backyard Homes to Help Provide Affordable Housing

Cities and states have struggled to find ways to increase their inventory of low-cost housing over the last decade, and many have pursued policies that they hope will add density to areas zoned for single-family dwelling.
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