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The rise of the ‘YIMBYs’

Housing | As California’s housing prices soar out of reach, a growing group of citizens is calling for cities to build, baby, build
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/14/19, 01:35 pm

Rick Swinger has an odd hobby as a photographer. He likes to walk around his neighborhood with his camera jostling by his side, looking for disgusting things to photograph.

He doesn’t have to look very hard. Swinger has lived in Venice, an Instagram-famous beach town in Los Angeles, for 38 years. Just a block away from his two-bedroom condo resides one of the largest homeless encampments in Venice, where tents, sleeping bags, gallon-sized garbage bags, and random pieces of furniture litter the sidewalks.

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When a home isn’t enough

Poverty | Federal homeless policy is based on a flawed, one-size-fits-all approach, but one agency is ready to try a more intensive strategy
by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/31/19, 12:20 pm

When President Donald Trump took office and nominated renowned brain surgeon Dr. Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), reformers believed it would bring a sea change in housing policy. “We were fist-pumping eight ways to Sunday,” said Chris Megison, CEO of Solutions for Change.

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Story of a survivor

Homelessness | A woman with a tragic past and no home offers an example of human resilience
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/08/19, 02:47 pm

I recently wrote a story about homeless women. The main purpose was to highlight one of the most vulnerable populations in our country, particularly at a time when all sorts of groups are calling attention to gender inequality and social justice issues. 

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