Poverty

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2018 file pool photo, Johnny Bobbitt stands during a hearing at Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly, N.J. Bobbitt, a homeless man charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme, pleaded guilty in federal court in in Camden, N.J., Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to conspiracy to commit money laundering. (David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool, File)
March 06, 2019 - 4:56 pm
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A homeless man and a woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges in a GoFundMe scheme that prosecutors say netted $400,000 with a phony story about him coming to her aid. Johnny Bobbitt, 36, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, and...
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A man holds an application form as at a fiscal consultancy office to apply for the minimum income, in Rome, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. On Wednesday Italians are began queueing at post offices and fiscal consultancy offices on the first day of application of the request for the ‘low income salary’, a public subsidy for people whose monthly income is below 780,00 euros. The low income salary (reddito di cittadinanza) was among the main pledges of the Five Stars Movement during the past electoral campaign. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 06, 2019 - 7:26 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's populist government opened its new minimum income welfare program Wednesday, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to help reduce poverty and spur employment in the eurozone's third-largest economy. The so-called "citizen's income" is essentially a new system...
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Diahnn "Shelly" Summers, right, embraces Lori Hogan, who is currently living in a tent in Summers' backyard months after Hurricane Michael hit in Youngstown, Fla, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. "This is the first time I've felt comfortable since the hurricane," said Hogan. "This is home for me and I love it." A small village has popped up in Summers' backyard outside Panama City: Where there once was an empty grassy space, tents now form a circle around a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents are currently home for local residents who are still homeless months after Hurricane Michael screamed ashore with 155-mph winds, flattening, blowing away or rendering uninhabitable thousands of houses. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 04, 2019 - 10:23 am
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now encircle a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents shelter those still homeless more than four months...
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown holds up a signed rent control bill on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. The state is now the first in the nation to impose mandatory rent control. Landlords would only be allowed to raise rent a limited amount once per year under the bill, and it is meant to address a housing crisis that has touched every corner of the state. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
February 28, 2019 - 7:43 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation's first statewide mandatory rent control measure on Thursday, giving a victory to housing advocates who say spiraling rent costs in the economically booming state have fueled widespread homelessness and housing insecurity. Brown, a...
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February 27, 2019 - 5:22 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Advocates with the Poor People's Campaign have delivered their agenda and legislative demands for the upcoming year, including a call for an end to "systematic racism and poverty," Medicaid expansion, promoting clean water and environmental initiatives and pay raises for state...
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February 25, 2019 - 2:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign will hold bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to call attention to "what the national emergencies really are" in the wake of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration over the U.S.-Mexico border, a leader of the campaign...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:54 pm
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the...
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Pedestrians walk in midtown Manhattan at Pershing Square as snow falls, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
February 20, 2019 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A sprawling storm closed schools, snarled travel and threatened homeless populations Wednesday with snow and cold stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast and with heavy rain in the South. Snow fell in New York City, and schools in several parts of the U.S. closed amid...
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A manual laborer pulls a cart of hay as men drive past on a motorcycle, near the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, northern Nigeria Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of vote rigging ahead of Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
February 15, 2019 - 4:08 am
RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria (AP) — It's hard to find a campaign poster in this threadbare settlement on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, where thousands live in makeshift structures of tarpaulin and sticks of timber. From his little grocery shop, 65-year-old Jafar Ali awaits the moment a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, a teacher holds up a sign during a rally for striking Denver Public Schools instructors in Civic Center Park in Denver. The strike is the first for Denver's teachers since 1994. Denver teachers say that the district's pay incentive system is too complicated and unreliable. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 14, 2019 - 2:01 pm
DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn't that simple. Emboldened by teacher activism nationwide and struggling to live in a rapidly growing city, Denver educators challenged one of the nation's oldest incentive pay systems, which was originally...
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