Atlanta, GA converts shipping containers into affordable housing
In light of a growing homeless population in Atlanta, city officials are converting shipping containers into affordable housing units that are accessible for those with disabilities and also include a bathroom, a bed and a refrigerator.. With 40 housing units now in use, the city has plans to add another 20,000 units by 2030.
Kansas City, MO improves maternal and infant health outcomes with KCMO Doula Initiative
Kansas City approved a $250,000 partnership with Uzazi Village for free doula services to qualifying participants. Eligible residents are 8 to 20 months pregnant and earn up to 400% of the federal poverty guidelines. The program connects each participant to an experienced doula for guidance from early pregnancy through the postpartum period. Project leaders anticipate improved health for parents and newborns in communities facing healthcare disparities.
Kansas City, MO
Birmingham, AL Embrace Mothers pilot supports female-headed households with guaranteed income
Birmingham and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) funded a one-year pilot focused on single-mother households. Eligible applicants were female-identifying residents with one or more children under 18 years old without spouses or partners. Embrace Mothers paid $375 per month to 110 participants with another 132 residents surveyed as a control group. A dedicated dashboard hosted by MGI displayed participant demographics, spending patterns, and narratives.
Aalborg, DK and Rødovre develop AI-powered platform for hospital rehabilitation recommendations
Aalborg and Rødovre spend 3,000 staff hours per year on planning rehabilitation paths for patients admitted to hospitals. A newly designed platform turns data on 18,000 past patients into insights on how future patients should be treated. Licensed clinicians review recommendations and develop treatment plans in collaboration with the platform. The municipalities received 5.9 million kroner from a national innovation fund for the project.
Prince George's County, MD supports seniors and youth leaving care with a guaranteed income pilot
Thrive Prince George's is a two-year, $4 million pilot funded by the county, Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the Meyer Foundation. The program serves 85 residents aged 18 to 24 who have left the foster care system and 125 seniors. Each participant receives $800 per month throughout the pilot with no restrictions on how money is used. Local organizations CASA and UCAP administer the pilot and provide assistance with maintaining income-limited benefits.
Prince George's County, MD
Chicago, IL expands its overdose prevention efforts with a Public Health Vending Machine Pilot
Five vending machines provide free overdose prevention and hygiene kits at public locations. Every machine contains Narcan with items ranging from menstrual hygiene products to xylazine tests stocked based on local demand. Community members can request PIN numbers for the machines through participating organizations or an online request form. Chicago received CDC grant funding for the pilot as part of the agency's Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) initiative.
Chicago, IL SPRING Forward initiative provides re-entry paths into community life after prison
Chicago partners with Cara Collective and Lawndale Christian Legal Center in support of residents recently released from prison. Eligible residents register for employment services through Cara Collective including career coaching, digital training, and job placements. Lawndale Christian Legal Center navigates SPRING Forward participants toward long-term, affordable housing. The program lowers common barriers to community reintegration for recently incarcerated residents.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB funds Unbroken VR training for domestic violence help
VR developer Mother Mountain Productions contracted with the authority for Unbroken's development. Unbroken is divided into two tracks - Insight and Flourish - for council officials and non-profit services, respectively. Insight's immersive experiences of coercive control based on interviews with 15 survivors improve staff awareness. Flourish provides tools like life coaching and meditations for different stages of organizational assistance.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB
Ventura County, CA adds support for former foster youth with VC Thrive supplemental income pilot
County officials identified a lack of resources for those who exit the foster care system. Eligible residents aged 21 to 26 who meet minimum threshold requirements are eligible for VC Thrive. The 18-month pilot will issue unconditional $1,000 payments each month to 150 participants. Ventura County and the California Department of Social Services each allotted $1.5 million for the program. Project partner James Storehouse will handle registration and payments throughout the pilot.
Ventura County, CA
West Allis, WI Mobile Integrated Health Program improves community response to opioid crisis
The West Allis Fire Department's MIH team uses ImageTrend software to identify local trends in substance use disorders. Dedicated paramedics respond to provider referrals related to substance use disorders within 24 hours of notification. These responses include conversations with patients' families, harm-reduction kit deliveries, and transportation to non-ER healthcare providers. MIH also works with Milwaukee County on incident responses in neighboring communities.
West Allis, WI
London Royal Borough of Greenwich, GB informs care technology use with Resident Design Group
Borough officials and Rethink Partners initially spoke with 200 residents and practitioners about Assistive Technology Enabled Care (ATEC) options. The Resident Design Group is a 12-member group meeting monthly to turn initial findings into real-world solutions. The borough recruited residents with experiences in social care or providing care to loved ones for the group. Participants receive vouchers during the co-design process with additional feedback sought after ATEC implementation.
London Royal Borough of Greenwich, GB
Mid Ulster District Council, GB advances accessibility goals with a Cubbie sensory regulation module
A 2021 council motion called for accessible spaces for neurodivergent residents of all ages. Council officials installed a Cubbie unit at the Cookstown Leisure Centre as part of this effort. The Cubbie offers personalized sessions for those experiencing sensory overload. Users create and access their profiles in the Cubbie Cloud, thus supporting access to modules in other settings. Customized experiences - or Sprints - in the wheelchair-accessible module last up to 15 minutes.
Mid Ulster District Council, GB