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Helena Hicks has remained active in Baltimore through eras of desegregation and the drug trade. Now she gives back to her childhood neighborhood, the same one where Freddie Gray lived. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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A Baltimore Civil Rights Icon Is Still Pushing To Help City's Young

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Najuel Gaylord plays foosball at the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center in West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. Local recreation centers, which have a long tradition in Baltimore, provide a much-needed refuge for children in some of the city's poorest areas. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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In Baltimore, Rec Centers Provide So Much More Than Just Fun

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Graduates of a training program pose for a portrait after a completion ceremony at the Center for Urban Families. Courtesy of the Center for Urban Families hide caption

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Group Makes Character Key Part Of Reducing Baltimore Unemployment

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More than 1 million people in Peru earn less than the equivalent of about $450 each year. Courtesy of Michael Rizzo/CGAP hide caption

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What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

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A helicopter flies over a section of Baltimore affected by riots. Richard Rothstein writes that recent unrest in Baltimore is the legacy of a century of federal, state and local policies designed to "quarantine Baltimore's black population in isolated slums." Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

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President Obama spoke at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

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Leo Thompson stands in front of his isolated home, where he has lived for 35 years, on the Navajo Nation reservation. Like an estimated 18,000 Navajos homes, his his isn't connected to the electrical grid — it's a half-mile from the nearest line — and until recently Thompson used a generator for power. Ibby Caputo for NPR hide caption

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Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

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Koreans — many of them elderly — line up to receive 500 won, or about 50 cents, from Shin Banpo Church in southern Seoul. Each week, organizers say, a few hundred seniors show up at each church that offers the service, and the line starts hours in advance. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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A Forgotten Generation: Half Of South Korea's Elderly Live In Poverty

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Ella Barnes-Williams visits the thrift shop associated with Martha's Table, a nonprofit social services organization in Washington, D.C. Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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When Life Overwhelms, This Group Lends A Healthy Hand

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Uzuri Pease-Greene, right, leads a walk through the public housing complex in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco where her family lives. She is working to have the old buildings replaced. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

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Protesters assemble in front of a McDonald's in Los Angeles, demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage in September. Paul Buck/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

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