Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

Tony Simmons leads a group of Johns Hopkins University students on a "justice walk" in downtown Baltimore, during which they learn about public policy, providing services, and the connections between income inequality and health. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

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Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

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Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses. Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa hide caption

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An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

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Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

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Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

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Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

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Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Legal Case

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Ballots from June 2014 marked "too late" in Sacramento County, Calif. Kim Alexander/Courtesy California Voter Foundation hide caption

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Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

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Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

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U.S. Supreme Court Court Halts Wis. Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

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Adreanne Lewis signs up for a photo ID at a senior center in Arlington County, Va., with the help of Bill Sands, outreach coordinator for the county registrar. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Rules For Provisional Ballots All Over The Map

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Voters walk to an early voting site to cast their ballots on Aug. 11 in Miami. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state. Meanwhile, as Election Day nears, courts are still considering cases about early voting in North Carolina, and voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

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In this Illinois ad, Doris and her friend Betty suggestively encourage two young men to come in ... and get voter ID cards. YouTube hide caption

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

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Cara Russo of Gettysburg, Pa., here with 9-year-old Shayla, one of her two daughters, has found success in a program geared to help struggling families navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many poor. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

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