Untangling Low-Income Budget Cut Claims
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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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Campaign Aims To Open Doors For The Homeless
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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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Ending Homelessness: A Model That Just Might Work
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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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For San Diego's Homeless, One Man Offers Hope
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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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'Social Safety Net' Less Safe As Cuts Debated
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Anti-Poverty Groups Alarmed At Obama Budget
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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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Refreshing Pepsi's Super Bowl Alternative
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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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Charities Optimistic After Year Of Lackluster Giving
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Census Shows South, West Lead Population Growth
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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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Thrifting Goes Upscale And High-Tech
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Record Number Of U.S. Households Face Hunger
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Immigrant Voter Fraud Fears Didn't Materialize
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