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Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By prohibiting acts like loitering and sleeping in public, cities hope to make streets safer. But advocates for the homeless say this type of legislation can be counterproductive.

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How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some say the box on job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" prevents ex-offenders from getting a fair shot. New laws prohibit firms from asking about a criminal record.

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Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Annual Report Shows

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

After the recession, experts predicted it would take many years for charitable giving to get back to where it was before the economic downturn. But it now appears to be right around the corner.

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A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The campaign to find permanent homes for 100,000 homeless people, including the chronically homeless, was started four years ago. Now, the group behind the push says it has reached its goal.

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To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at the role that conservative media may have played in the upset defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Republican primary.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

They are being pushed out of the rental market in fast-growing cities like Washington, D.C. Many end up spending most of their income on housing, living in substandard housing, or homeless.

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Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

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One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Like her own mother was, Desiree Metcalf is a young, single mom living in poverty. She doesn't have just one or two problems, but a whole pile of them.

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The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough'

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Many American families living in or right above the poverty line have flat-screen TVs, cars and cellphones โ€” so what does living in poverty mean today?

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As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Thirty-seven percent of New Yorkers faced severe material hardship last year, but the city's official poverty rate is only 21 percent. Researchers are trying to find a better way to measure poverty.

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Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Voting rights activists say they're seeing a change in the debate this year โ€” fewer new restrictions and, in some places, a hint of bipartisanship.

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States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole, cutting benefits to 850,000 households. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts, and many are taking it.

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Groups Use Cash Prizes To Encourage Saving

Monday, March 10, 2014

Organizations are trying to find ways to get people with lower incomes to save more. One program urges families to set aside a part of their tax refunds so they have money for emergencies.

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In Crimea, Public Relations Can Be As Dangerous As Politics

Monday, March 10, 2014

In Ukraine, a dangerous "information war" is being waged by volunteers who are trying to win support in Crimea, where there is a near-total information blackout of pro-Ukrainian opinions.

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Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A federal commission to prevent children's deaths from abuse and neglect held its first meeting on Monday. Figuring out the extent of the problem is just one challenge facing the new commission.

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Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Improving the lives of the poor can take many forms. One group of senior citizens in New York City meets regularly to stretch their legs and in the process reinvigorate their community.

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Election Panel: Long Lines Were Management Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.

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In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Eastern Kentucky is a place known as the poster child of the War on Poverty. When NPR's Pam Fessler traveled there to report, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk because they were tired of being depicted as poor. Instead, she got an earful.

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