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A new mixed-income housing complex near San Francisco comes with its own farm

September 29, 2021

Have you ever wanted to live on a farm, but without having to do all of the hard work or needing to drive an hour to reach a major city?

In San Francisco, a mixed-income apartment complex has gone up in the neighborhood of Santa Clara that comes with its own 1.5-acre farm, managed by a professional urban farming company, which also welcomes help from residents, Good News Network reports.

The Agrihood building consists of 361 units—181 of which are priced below market rate. Specifically, 10% are reserved for moderate income renters, and 165 for low-income seniors and veterans. The complex also comprises 30 townhomes and features a central 1.5-acre organic farm that can produce 20,000 pounds of food every year.

Each week the produce is brought to an on-site location and sold at a deep discount for residents. The full list of produce is posted on Agrihood’s website, and includes superfoods, comfort foods, orchards, perennial foods, and native foods.

“Our goal throughout this endeavor has been to provide the affordable housing that we urgently need in Santa Clara through a truly creative, community-driven process,” says the brochure.

“Not only are we providing a really unique living experience for the residents that live on the property, but we’re also taking a very deliberate approach to encouraging the health and wellness of our residents by incorporating the farm, hopefully, into their daily and weekly lifestyles,” Vince Cantore, who is vice-president of Core Companies, the firm leading the Agrihood project, told Fast Company recently.

Attempting to address the housing shortage in San Francisco, Agrihood is actually built on the site of what used to be one of the many orchards that covered Santa Clara in decades past.

Urban farming and gardening are growing in popularity, with some cities, parks, or neighborhoods attempting to include community gardens, forest gardens, or urban farms into development plans.

It’s a critical way that urban areas can increase food security, reduce the carbon footprint that food racks up during transportation, and increase access to healthy food for low-income communities in food deserts.

Research contact: @goodnewsnetwork

FCC to designate national three-digit suicide prevention hotline number, like 911

December 16, 2019

Do you know the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number (1-800-273-TALK) off the top of your head? Chances are, you don’t—and that could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency, Refinery 29 reports.

Unfortunately, such dial-or-die moments are increasing in the United States: From 1999 through 2016, the number of suicides increased in every single state except Nevada—and there were 45,000 total self-inflicted deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In fact, suicide is currently is the tenth leading cause of death in America, and the second most common cause of death for Americans between the ages of 15 and 34.

But now, the Federal Communications Commission is stepping up to help those in need to get help before it’s too late, says Refinery 29. Soon, reaching out for rescue will be as simple and intuitive as dialing 911 for help from police or fire professionals.

In a report published on December 13, the FCC reveals that the process of designating the number 988 as a new, nationwide, three-digit hotline for suicide prevention and mental health crisis has officially begun.

There’s an overwhelming amount of support for the shorter crisis number, the report says. And why wouldn’t there be? A shorter number takes less effort to remember and to call, which will make it easier for those in distress to get the help they need. Those who call 988 would be directed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network consisting of 163 crisis centers available 24/7.

“The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life, a suicide prevention nonprofit, told the Associated Press. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.”

“More than 20 veterans die by suicide every day and more than half a million LGBTQ youth will attempt suicide this year alone,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told AP. “A shorter, simpler suicide hotline number could be a game-changer.”

A study conducted between the years of 2003 and 2004 by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University found that those who contacted a suicide hotline had significant decreases in suicidal thoughts during the course of their telephone session. Their feelings of hopelessness and psychological pain in the following weeks also decreased.

This new proposal will require all carriers to implement the number 988 as a national suicide prevention hotline within 18 months, Refinery 29 reports. The three-digit number won’t be available for texting conversations, but Lines for Life offers a text service you can use by texting 273TALK to 839863.

Research contact: @Refinery29