In today’s edition of Squirrel News, guaranteed income helps Indian moms escape poverty, how to convert office spaces to housing more efficiently, and the Delhi newspaper run by homeless children.
Guaranteed income helps Indian moms escape poverty
The Fund A Mom programme is deceptively simple, it just provides $60 a month to struggling single moms in Jaipur, India. It has helped them acquire jobs, start businesses and educate their children.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
How to make office-to-apartment conversions easier
As offices lay vacant, urban planners see a solution for the housing crisis. New legislation would help fast track the conversions, allowing developers to put more apartments on the market quickly.
Fort Lewis College tackles student homelessness with rapid rehousing
The Colorado-based college provides short-term rental assistance and helps people obtain housing quickly. It has already helped more than 100 students in a community where 28% of students have reported being homeless at some point.
Source: The Colorado Sun
For the first time, wind generates more power than gas in the UK
Over the first three months of 2023, on-land and offshore wind power has generated more power than gas in the United Kingdom. Currently, 42% of the nation’s energy comes from renewable sources.
FDA to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood
In the past, gay and bisexual men had to go through a three-month deferral period before they would be allowed to donate blood. This regulation is being overturned in a bid to boost blood Donations.
Source: Pinch News
Waste treatment plants could start producing biofuels
Human waste has the potential to be recycled into biofuels that are a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Waste treatments plants already have the materials in abundance.
Human hair could be used to clean up oil spills and as soil conditioner
Soilz Alive is a company that already uses recycled and processed human hair in soil conditioner which helps improve its quality. Hair could also be used to absorb oil during spills
Source: ABC News
How the American Indian Women’s Service League helped Seattle Natives
The Seattle Indian Center and the American Indian Women’s Service League, both founded by native women, have helped countless people in the Seattle area with food, as a daycare employment assistance and advocacy.
Source: Yes Magazine
The Greek skateboarders getting girls and refugees onboard
Erato* is a skateboarder who teaches refugees in her native Greece for the grassroots charity Free Movement Skateboarding. The group has created a new community for young refugees using public spaces across Athens.
Source: The Guardian
A landmark for the Delhi newspaper run by homeless children
Balaknama’s reports on sexual abuse, police brutality and child labour, written by teenagers, have transformed lives in India.