Pam Fessler http://www.kplu.org en A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone http://www.kplu.org/post/campaign-house-homeless-reaches-milestone Mallyveen Teah, 53, has been homeless or couch surfing on and off for the past 25 years. Now, he walks from his job at a construction site in Arlington, Va., to his new home, a one-bedroom apartment.<p>"Something as simple as giving a person a set of keys to their own place makes a huge difference in terms of their outlook on life, the world," he says.<p>Teah is <a href="http://100khomes.org/" target="_blank">part of a campaign launched by a nonprofit group</a> in New York four years ago to permanently house 100,000 homeless people. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:04:42 +0000 Pam Fessler 17092 at http://www.kplu.org A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break http://www.kplu.org/post/one-familys-story-shows-how-cycle-poverty-hard-break Desiree Metcalf's story is heartbreaking, but among the 46 million Americans who are poor today, her story is not unique.<p>Metcalf is 24 years old.<p>She's the mother of three little girls — ages 6, 4 and 2. They all have different fathers.<p>"That about sums me up, I think," she says.<p>Metcalf is sitting on the floor of her two-bedroom apartment in the small town of Bath, in western New York. A fish tank gurgles in the background. A tiny kitten peeks out from under the furniture. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:17:35 +0000 Pam Fessler 16447 at http://www.kplu.org One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows http://www.kplu.org/post/states-rebellion-against-food-stamp-cuts-grows When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:01:46 +0000 Pam Fessler 14832 at http://www.kplu.org States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows Groups Use Cash Prizes To Encourage Saving http://www.kplu.org/post/groups-use-cash-prizes-encourage-saving When it comes to getting ahead in the world, a lack of savings can be a big hurdle, especially for low-income families. Most don't have enough money set aside for emergencies, let alone for college or a house. Some people think the answer is to make savings more fun, like the lottery, with the chance to win big prizes.<p>It's called prize-linked savings, something that's been available in Great Britain for decades. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:05:43 +0000 Pam Fessler 14640 at http://www.kplu.org Groups Use Cash Prizes To Encourage Saving Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-exercising-seniors-help-revive-brooklyn-neighborhood The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., is known for many things, among them huge public housing projects, extremely high poverty and crime. Last summer, a one-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed as he sat in a stroller in the neighborhood.<p>But that's one side of life in Brownsville. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:56:36 +0000 Pam Fessler 14009 at http://www.kplu.org Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood? Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability http://www.kplu.org/post/nonprofits-pull-investors-tackle-housing-affordability One of the biggest problems facing low-income families in the U.S. today is a lack of affordable housing.<p>According to <a href="http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/americas-rental-housing">a recent report</a> by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, more than 7 million low-income households now spend more than half of their income for rent, which leaves little money for anything else. And the situation is expected to get worse.<p>Now, a coalition of nonprofit groups is trying to turn things around with a new, more business-like approach to buying real estate. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:16:42 +0000 Pam Fessler 13533 at http://www.kplu.org Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds' http://www.kplu.org/post/coal-mining-area-grapples-how-keep-bright-young-minds <em>Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education and tax cuts to help create jobs.</em><p><em>In the coming year, NPR will explore the impact and extent of poverty in the U.S., and what can be done to reduce it.</em><p>When President Johnson waged war against poverty in 1964, he traveled to Martin County, Ky., an Appalachian coal-mining region with a poverty rate of more than 60 percent, to promote his cam Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:47:05 +0000 Pam Fessler 12400 at http://www.kplu.org Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds' What Happened To Those TV Ads For Payday Loans? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-happened-those-tv-ads-payday-loans <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgLMgVq4p_E</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:29:28 +0000 Pam Fessler 10903 at http://www.kplu.org What Happened To Those TV Ads For Payday Loans? How Many Americans Live In Poverty? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-many-americans-live-poverty As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/27/214822459/a-college-kid-a-single-mom-and-the-problem-with-the-poverty-line" target="_blank">we reported</a> earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:43:12 +0000 Pam Fessler 10874 at http://www.kplu.org How Many Americans Live In Poverty? What If There's No Winner? Presidential Campaigns And Their Lawyers Prepare http://www.kplu.org/post/what-if-theres-no-winner-presidential-campaigns-and-their-lawyers-prepare The presidential race is expected to be extremely close, and that has a lot of people nervous about what it will mean for election night.<p>Does it mean that the vote count could drag on for days, or even weeks, as it did in 2000?<p>Lawyers for the campaigns, the political parties and state election offices are preparing for the possibility.<p>Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted could very well be the man in the middle of any election night storm. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 16:26:12 +0000 Pam Fessler 6957 at http://www.kplu.org What If There's No Winner? Presidential Campaigns And Their Lawyers Prepare