Pam Fessler

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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.


In New Orleans, A Plan To Disperse The Poor Doesn't Go As Expected

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Many families forced out of public housing by Hurricane Katrina now use government vouchers to subsidize rent elsewhere. Meant to deconcentrate poverty in the city, the shift hasn't worked as planned.


On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Signed into law 25 years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act was supposed to open the doors to employment for many. But only a small percentage of disabled Americans are working today.


Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Disabled Americans are twice as likely to be poor as those without disabilities. They continue to face many financial and physical barriers, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The rapid rehousing program provides the homeless with short-term rental assistance. But many recipients ultimately face the same problems as those who stay in shelters, a new government study finds.


Americans Donated $358 Billion In 2014 For Record Donations

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Last year was a very good year for charitable giving. In fact, it was the best, according to the Giving USA Foundation that's tracked donations in the U.S. for the past 60 years.


For Baltimore Businesses, Aid For Riot Repair Is Not Coming Fast Enough

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Nearly 400 businesses were damaged during riots after Freddie Gray's death. But weeks later, the repairs are limping along, despite promises of aid from nonprofits and both city and state officials.


Trans In Transition: Finding Friends And Community In D.C.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

While doing a profile of a transgender activist in Washington, D.C., NPR's Pam Fessler heard some touching personal stories from trans women trying to adapt to their new lives.


Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

After becoming homeless and jobless following her transition to being a woman, Ruby Corado got her act together, and now helps others facing similar challenges. "We have a family here," she says.


FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.