Pam Fessler

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Change At Federal Election Agency Muddles Kansas Voter Registration Laws

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.


President Obama Wants More Funds To Feed Low-Income Kids In Summer

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.


Modern Rent Parties Highlight The Need For Affordable Housing

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.


Mid-Atlantic Residents Slowly Dig Out After Massive Snowstorm

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.


Several States Poised To Offer Savings Accounts For Disabled Americans

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.


Homeless Veterans Face Challenges Beyond The Rental Check

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.


Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

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.


U.S. Cities Face Challenges In Reducing Homeless Population

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.


The Story Behind 'Doing More With Less'

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.


New Stats Boast A Dip In Homelessness — But They're Not The Full Story

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.


HUD Proposes Nationwide Smoking Ban In Public Housing

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...


Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

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.


Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless

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.


Voting Machines Are Aging, But Don't Expect Congress To Pay To Replace Them

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.


Pope Francis Meets Homeless At Catholic Charities In Washington, D.C.

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.


Despite Improving Economy, Poverty Remains Unchanged In 2014

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.


Report: America's Aging Voting Machines Could Present Election Problems

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.


Pope To Visit Heights Of Capitol Hill, With Sights Set On D.C.'s Poor

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.


For A Baltimore Boutique Owner, A 'Joyous' Reopening After The Riots

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.


After Katrina, New Orleans' Public Housing Is A Mix Of Pastel And Promises

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.