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

An election worker resets a voting machine as a voter waits in 2008. Many of the country's machines were replaced after the 2000 election, but are now reaching the end of their useful lives. Rob Carr/AP hide caption

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

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Despite Improving Economy, Poverty Remains Unchanged In 2014

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A voter fills out her ballot in Las Vegas in 2004. A new report finds several states, including Nevada, have voting machines more than 10 years old, which are more likely to fail. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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

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Pope Francis, in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square on Wednesday. The pope will begin his visit to the U.S. on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C., where he will stay for several days before moving on to New York City. Giuseppe Ciccia/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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

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Taylor Alexander, who owns Baltimore clothing store Flawless Damsels, celebrates its recent reopening. A no-interest loan and online fundraiser helped her reopen the shop after it was looted in April's riots following the death of Freddie Gray. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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

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Bobbie Jennings, 69, stands outside her home in the Harmony Oaks housing development in New Orleans. Jennings says that she misses the sense of community of the Magnolia projects, the nickname of the C.J. Peete projects that Harmony Oaks replaced. Edmund D. Fountain for NPR hide caption

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

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

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After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father. Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR hide caption

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

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Jordan McClellan gets help making lunch from daughter Kyra Brooks in their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C. McClellan has been fighting homelessness for most of her adult life, living in family shelters and transitional housing until she was moved into the rapid rehousing program. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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

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Americans Donated $358 Billion In 2014 For Record Donations

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A man walks past the damaged Oxford Tavern on April 30 in Baltimore. Richard Sung Kang's liquor store and bar was hit by looters during a riot over the police-involved death of neighborhood resident Freddie Gray. The doors and windows were broken and cash and inventory stolen, leaving shelves bare. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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

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Ruby Corado, second from right, and Selena Cruz whip their hair around playfully while joking with Lazema Mills, left, and Giselle Gartzog, right, at Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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

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Ruby Corado runs Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Corado also has 22 beds in transitional housing for transgender adults and youth who would otherwise be homeless. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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

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FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

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