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

Homeless veterans face an uphill climb — and not simply because of the tight housing markets in cities. Even if they've found open properties, and have the rental checks to pay for them, some landlords are still reluctant to accept them. Heiko Kueverling /iStockphoto hide caption

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Homeless Veterans Face Challenges Beyond The Rental Check

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Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

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U.S. Cities Face Challenges In Reducing Homeless Population

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Homeless women prepare for a night spent on a street near Skid Row in Los Angeles, in May. Not every case of homelessness is so easy to spot as this, though; some groups say the Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers missed many people without stable housing. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Stats Boast A Dip In Homelessness — But They're Not The Full Story

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HUD Proposes Nationwide Smoking Ban In Public Housing

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A rendering of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Community Solutions hide caption

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Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

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Homeless people and their tents line a canal in Honolulu in June 2015. Hours after a city crew cleared the banks of the canal, the homeless people that had been living there moved right back to the riverside. Cathy Bussewitz/AP hide caption

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Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless

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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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