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Are Tiny Homes a Solution to Homelessness?

Are Tiny Homes a Solution to Homelessness?

In 2001, a group of homeless people In Portland, Oregon, set up a campsite under a downtown bridge. The city didn’t have enough shelter space to accommodate its homeless population, and as the camp attracted more and more people, authorities began regular sweeps, clearing away tents and sleeping bags — which inevitably cropped right back […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Locked Up and Lost: HIV Behind Bars

Spend a little time talking with Bryan C. Jones and you’ll have a hard time thinking of him as average. But, like far too many Black men, the 55-year-old from Ohio has spent time locked up. When Jones was released from an Ohio State penitentiary in 2008, he recalls that a social worker attempted to […]

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Ari Hampton came out to his father when he was 18. It didn’t go well. Fearing for his life, the gay teen ran away, ending up on the streets of Detroit. To survive, he sold the only thing he had—his body. To deal with the harsh realities of his life and the humiliation of sex […]

Audio Report: Will Baltimore Public Housing Idea Work?

Audio Report: Will Baltimore Public Housing Idea Work?

The frustrations that have convulsed Baltimore this spring have roots in police practices, yes – but also much deeper roots, roots that stretch back over a century, in a history of various government policies that made racial segregation official. Audio Report: Baltimore Public Housing Your browser does not support the audio element. Take public housing, […]

The Search for Affordable Housing in Chicago

The Search for Affordable Housing in Chicago

CHICAGO — One wonders how it was even possible. Kids used to play ball in “Dead Man’s Field,” right in the middle of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, and look out at some of the most expensive real estate in the country. These kids could see extravagant condo buildings, but they were shut out of the world inside of them.

In Tennessee, Pregnant Women Flee Because of the Law

In Tennessee, Pregnant Women Flee Because of the Law

The godmother of NAS research is Dr. Loretta Finnegan, a scarlet-haired, Catholic-raised mother of five who looks like she walked off the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and into a Philadelphia neonatal ward. Finnegan coined the term “neonatal abstinence syndrome” in the 1970s; the Finnegan score for measuring symptoms of NAS, the medical name […]