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Forging Solutions through Partnerships, Policy, and Field Work

American Rivers combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to protect rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. To do this, they build partnerships and work closely with local river advocates, businesses and agriculture interests, recreation groups, and others to forge solutions. In the Upper Mississippi River, …

How Wetland Restoration in Illinois Has a Positive Domino Effect Outside of the State

The Wetlands Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. Their work combines two basic strategies: restore more wetlands and strive to innovate fundamental changes in how we finance large-scale wetland restoration. Their projects are based …

For Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS Who Are Also Very Low Income, Supportive Housing is Life-Changing

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CHS) aims to advance housing solutions that improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources, and build strong, healthy communities across the country. They do this by educating and empowering housing industry players, lending to potential homebuyers, collaborating with developers to find innovative housing solutions, and advocating …

Getting a Light Rail on the Right Track to Serve Communities Equitably

Living Cities works with the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that addresses both physical and human capital issues, from affordable housing creation along transit corridors, education reform, and youth recidivism, designed to improve the lives of low-income people. Living Cities selected Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Corridors of Opportunity …

Facing an Aging Population, a Regional Foundation Fosters the Next Generation of Leaders

The Initiative Foundation in Little Falls serves a diverse landscape in Central Minnesota. Its focus is the economy, community and philanthropy of the 14-county region with an emphasis on economic development, community collaborations, early childhood initiatives and the preservation and celebration of Central Minnesota’s assets and natural resources. Over the next 10 years, Central Minnesota’s …

Connecting Neighborhood Residents with Housing Resources

East Side Neighborhood Development Company is a locally governed development corporation whose mission is to foster a safe, diverse, and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create affordable housing and support commercial development. “It was great working with Ja’Na. She was just so pleasant and professional. She helped me every step of the way. …

Increasing Access to Opportunities Unlocks Potential to Reach New Heights

EMERGE helps youth and young adults who are facing significant obstacles to finding work, housing, and financial stability. With a special expertise in serving ex-offenders, at-risk youth, and homeless parents and their families, EMERGE’s staff and AmeriCorps service members serve more than 3,000 low-income people every year. One example of a life that has been …

Bringing More Voices to the Table: One Woman’s Story

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association is a vehicle for community members to shape their neighborhood. Their vision is to engage the diverse Lyndale community to build a safe, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhood. Lyndale community member Adriana Lara and her family were staples of the Lyndale Campers’ twice-a-year camping adventures. Having attended a number of the neighborhood’s …

Affordable Housing That Lasts For Generations

City of Lakes Community Land Trust creates affordable housing opportunities by acquiring land and removing it from the speculative, for-profit real estate market. Income-qualified buyers can then purchase a home on the land, leasing the land through a 99-year renewable ground lease. This ensures that if and when the homeowner decides to sell, the Land …

Minnesota Youth Embrace Native Arts Tradition

In the Dakota language, concepts are described based on how a person relates to them. The phrase Mitakuye Oyasin, or “all my relations,” underpins interconnectedness inherent to the Dakota worldview. Oneness, with all forms of life and natural surroundings, permeates Dakota culture. With each year, however, the community loses elders who take with them knowledge, …

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