Pam Fessler appears in the following:
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
The state requires its residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote, but a federal agency fought the law in court. It now appears to have changed positions.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The president will propose in his 2017 budget that families who qualify for subsidized school meals receive benefits to buy an extra $45 in groceries per child each month when school is out.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
There's no dancing or passing the hat at these new rent parties. There is music — and online fundraising. Recently, a classical violinist played a concert in an Annapolis apartment to help the tenant.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Communities along the East Coast are trying to recover from this weekend's storm. Some areas were getting back to normal, but officials warned that it could be days for others.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
New laws in 35 states will allow more than 5 million Americans with disabilities to begin setting aside money for disability-related expenses without being penalized. Right now, many lose health and other public benefits if they save too much money, which is one of the main reasons for the high poverty rate among those with disabilities.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Thousands of homeless military vets have government vouchers for rent. But landlords aren't always willing to accept them, partly because of tight housing markets and stereotypes about the tenants.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
John and Katrina Vowell used their small savings to start Major Chords for Minors in Saginaw, Mich., because they were worried about the city's youth. Now they have 130 students and a long wait list.
Friday, December 11, 2015
NPR provides an update on the picture of homelessness in the U.S. While there have been many successful efforts championed to get people housed, some cities continue to criminalize homelessness.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Why I decided to do profiles of people who have little money or power, but have made a big impact in their communities.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Over 560,000 people lived on the street or in homeless shelters this year — a 2 percent drop, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Still, many say the numbers are unreliable.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Public housing residents would be banned from smoking, not just in public spaces on the premises, but in their own apartments under a proposal Thursday by the Department of Housing an...
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Combating homelessness isn't just about shelter. Lately, some affordable housing projects are getting decidedly upscale — to help residents heal, adjust and build bonds with their new neighbors.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Some local laws make it illegal to sleep or eat outside. Advocates have fought these laws in court. Now, the federal government is taking a stance, pushing ways to help, not criminalize, the homeless.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Machines purchased after the 2000 presidential election are nearing the end of their useful lives. It could cost $1 billion to replace them, but Congress has shown no signs of footing the bill.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Francis spent time with homeless, immigrant and other low-income clients of Catholic Charities on his last day in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The Census Bureau released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for 2014 on Wednesday. Poverty in the U.S. was unchanged last year, despite more jobs.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Almost every state bought new computerized voting equipment after the disputed 2000 election. But the machines are coming to the end of their useful lives, and there's little momentum to replace them.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Pope Francis begins his U.S. trip in the nation's capital, where he won't just be meeting politicians. He'll also visit some of the city's poorest residents, who have been inspired by his message.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The city tore down thousands of public housing units and is replacing them with mixed-income developments. The goal is to deconcentrate poverty. But it has been a hard return home for some residents.