Philip Doud and his girlfriend, Cathy Espong, sit in their new one-bedroom apartment. They both lost their jobs and were found living on a San Diego sidewalk during a survey of the city's homeless population last fall. The Department of Veterans Affairs helped move the couple into permanent housing as part of a campaign to end homelessness. Pam Fessler /NPR hide caption

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The grand two-story lobby of the Times Square Building boasts marble floors and gold-trimmed ceilings. Common Ground redeveloped the once-dilapidated building into 652 units for low-income and formerly homeless tenants in 1991. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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David Ross, also known as Waterman Dave, hands out bottled water and energy drinks from his trunk in San Diego. The 75-year-old retiree has made it his mission to help the homeless — even if it's just with a hug or a kind word. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) returns to his office from the House chamber after votes Feb. 18 on Capitol Hill. The House was debating the continuing resolution (HR 1) that contained Republican-proposed deep cuts in the budget. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pepsi Refresh contest so far has awarded $20 million in grants for creative charitable ideas. Casey Rodgers/AP hide caption

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Antionette Levi solicits donations for the Salvation Army Dec. 21 in Chicago. As the season winds down, donations to Chicago-area kettles have been over 10 percent shy of those received last year, but the organization hopes to match last year's record total of $139 million. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lisa Tumbarello, a stylist trained by Stacy London from TLC's What Not to Wear, encourages customer Tom Spinelli to buy some ties at a Goodwill trunk show at Caramel, a boutique in Washington, D.C. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Before evacuating from Katrina, Bobbie Jennings (right) lived next door to her twin sister, Gloria Williams, in the public housing that existed on the same site as Harmony Oaks in New Orleans. While Jennings likes the actual apartment, she says she is unhappy with the new development because the new apartments do not provide the same sense of community as before. Katie Hayes/NPR hide caption

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The slogan "Trenton Makes, The World Takes" spans the Lower Trenton Bridge above the Delaware River. Author Janet Evanovich grew up in South River, N.J., and chose to set her best-selling thriller in the neighborhoods of Trenton. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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