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The Atlantic

Tara Garcia Mathewson

19 April 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Living in poverty can impact brain functioning due to the consistent stress and can lead to difficulty with problem solving, decision making, and goal setting. A Boston-based project, EMPath, addresses this issue by ...

Christian Science Monitor

Zack Colman

9 April 2017

Kentucky, United States

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Well-paying mining jobs used to be the bedrock of Appalachian coal country, but those jobs are increasingly hard to find. Local and national organizations are working together to help the region diversify economically...

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

28 March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist exp...

The Notebook

Greg Windle

16 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students who have experienced trauma, most common in high-poverty areas, are more likely to benefit from counseling and support rather than punishment. However, most large U.S. school districts with high poverty rates...

The Huffington Post

Lily Casura

21 February 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Women veterans, who often have military sexual trauma, are less likely to sleep outside or stay in shelters for fear of their safety or of losing rights to their kids. Non-profits are attempting to meet women veterans...

BBC

Tom Colls

12 February 2017

Makindye, Kampala, Uganda

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Professor Kevin McGuigan in Dublin has proven that simply leaving contaminated water in a plastic bottle out in the sun for several hours is effective in killing off harmful bacteria like e-coli and provide a simple s...

Yale Insights

Tony Sheldon

7 February 2017

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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BRAC, the largest NGO in the world and one of the leaders in microfinance as an approach to combating poverty, discovered that despite its successes, microcredit did not always reach what are called the Ultra-Poor in ...

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

1 January 2017

Lima, Peru

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Between 2005 and 2015, Peru cut its poverty rate in half. Though there is still more work to be done, Peru can attribute its success to several reasons. The combination of inclusive economic growth and targeted, high-...

The Nation

Laurie Mazur

12 December 2016

United States

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With little action happening to reverse or prepare for climate change at the federal level, local communities have taken initiative on their own. From voters in Flagstaff passing a $10 million bond to bolster forest m...

Detroit Free Press

Katrease Stafford

21 November 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Kids in Detroit are discouraged by their city because they feel like the violence, lack of books, lack of state test preparation, and lack of sex-ed affect their opportunities. But the same kids have ideas about ways ...

Columbia Journalism Review

Judith Matloff

21 October 2016

United States

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Founded in 2012, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project commissions, edits, and places articles, films, photojournalism and other reportage focused on inequality. EHRP’s articles not only humanize issues of inequalit...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

18 September 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many people experiencing poverty, the struggle to make ends meet and provide for their children is common across generations. In Philadelphia, non-profit programs are recognizing that aspect of poverty and helping...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

16 August 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

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One small town in New Mexico called Española is ahead of the nation in treating opioid-related drug overdoses. The city trains law enforcement officers and community members in treating overdoses, offers needle exchan...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

22 July 2016

San Diego, California, United States

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The poorest are the ones living in the most unhealthy neighbourhoods where air particles are more detrimental. The Climate Action Plan is dedicated to using cleantech while also using this as an opportunity for job cr...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

18 July 2016

Kenya

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GiveDirectly is launching this basic income pilot with more than 6,000 Kenyan households for the next 10 to 15 years, building on its experience with unconditional cash transfers and randomized control trials in Kenya...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Kavitha Cardoza

28 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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For five decades, tens of thousands of people have fought poverty. Trillions of dollars have been spent, but poverty is a stubborn enemy. In the second part of a five-part series, WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza tells us about...

Washington Monthly

Linda Gibbs

Robert Doar

19 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Poverty is a problem that only seems to be increasing in the United States. New York City, though, was the only one of America's 20 largest cities to achieve a decrease in poverty rates from 2000-2013. This piece is t...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

18 June 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Trauma impedes a child's ability to learn as well as making them overly stressed, for children growing up in violent neighbourhoods this translates into poor academic performance. Some schools are now turning to mindf...

The Guardian

Jason Motlagh

9 June 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety uses controversial monthly cash stipends among the incentives it gives to young men it’s trying to steer away from street violence. While the program's first years ...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

31 May 2016

Salem, Oregon, United States

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States deal with poverty and employment differently, depending on their state legislature and, historically, their racial composition. Oregon is a predominantly white state with some of the most generous welfare and e...

Jackson Free Press

Tim Summers, Jr.

25 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Jackson PD's Community Improvement division has been charged with destroying dangerous, dilapidated houses in low income neighborhoods, even though many are state-owned. In a resources-strapped city, where blight cont...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Joan Garrett McClane

6 May 2016

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Chattanooga, once called the dirtiest city in America, was later dubbed a Tornado of Innovation by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Now, the city is hub for the tech industry. Despite its rag to riches story, the c...

The Correspondent

Maite Vermeulen

14 April 2016

Haiti

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A lack of bureaucratic services has kept people in poverty around the world by limiting the number of documents attainable by citizens who have a low-income, verifying proof of property ownership. "Capacity building" ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

16 March 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has an alarmingly high rate of infant mortality, there are a large number of infant deaths from SIDS, sleep deaths, and problems stemming from being born prematurely. Programs across Cleveland are growing in...

GOOD Magazine

Priti Salian

8 March 2016

Rajasthan, India

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In Rajasthan, India, the literacy rate of women stands at 53%, which falls far below the country's rate of 74%, the low literacy rate is also believed to be a likely contributor to the high rate of child brides in the...

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