Support group members Pamela Travis (from left), Dominique Martin, Yovanda Dixon, Shanna Chaney and Ramona Shewl hold a meeting as part of the Family Independence Initiative. The Oakland nonprofit encourages low-income families to form small groups to help each other get ahead. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Struggling Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty
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A worker dismantles a mattress at a recycling facility in Oakland, Calif. The material will be used to make carpet products and proceeds will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Turning Trash Into Cash To Help Nation's Poor
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Shyanne (left) holds 1-year-old Makai, as Stepp checks to see if all of Shyanne's homework has been completed. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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To Beat Odds, Poor Single Moms Need Wide Safety Net
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Devora Trapp, 24, picks up her 8-month-old son, Dardarius Taylor, late one evening at the Opportunity House's Second Street Learning Center, a 24-hour day care center for low-income families in Reading, Pa. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Cycle Of Poverty Hard To Break In Poorest U.S. City
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