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A series exploring what’s working in Lafayette and beyond. Each story reports on responses to common problems, big or small, and how our community is getting better — or ways in which it could be.

Louisiana cities are doing what they can to both save small businesses and keep people in their homes

Strapped for cash, some Louisiana cities are working to balance the needs of businesses and housing in how they use federal coronavirus relief.

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‘It’s miraculous’ — no known coronavirus cases in Acadiana’s homeless shelters

Housing advocates say it’s a testament to the swift action taken to stand up emergency housing, isolate people at risk, rearrange facilities to allow for social distancing and communicate the threat to the people they work with.

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COVID-19 news comes fast, furious and in English: How one woman is helping Lafayette’s Hispanic community stay informed

Cristina Martinez, an event planner and former radio show host, moonlights as a coronavirus reporter for Lafayette’s Spanish language community

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Lafayette’s food economy turns to hustles old and new to stay afloat during the pandemic

Coronavirus has caused a major gap in the food economy that some local farmers and restaurateurs are hustling to fill.

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With N95s in short supply, Lafayette General is sourcing disposable masks from surgical wraps

Seamstresses at New Iberia-based Action Specialties are turning out thousands of mask shields for Lafayette General’s frontline workers.

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Coronavirus lockdowns and high anxiety: Has teletherapy’s moment arrived?

State regs and cultural aversion warded some counselors away from teletherapy. COVID-19 is changing that.

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