Poverty

A woman combs her mother's hair outside their home in a Kolkata slum.

Rethinking India's Slum Resettlement Policy

A recent study makes a case for the government to engage with slums, rather than relocating inhabitants to cities’ outskirts.

How Some Kids Escape Poverty

Just 16 percent of children who grow up in poverty manage to become economically successful adults. How do they do it?

Can Kansas City Come Together?

Voters from around the city just approved a citizen-led tax initiative that will funnel funds only to the long-neglected east side. But Kansas City’s racial fractures may be hard to heal.  

This Chicago Startup Is Easing the Headache of Applying for Food Stamps

In five minutes, mRelief helps users learn whether they qualify, and how to claim benefits.

When Nonprofits Are the New City Leaders

In some low-income neighborhoods, they’re regarded as more authentic representatives of the residents. That has good and bad consequences.

How Albuquerque Is Taking 'Will Work for Food' Literally

A mayor’s plan to connect panhandlers with jobs.

To Cut Down Poverty, Cut Down the Cost of Living

A basic principle of finance could yield big wins for U.S. cities, according to a new policy agenda.

Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.

Why a Running Club for the Homeless Is Heading to San Francisco

The nonprofit Back on My Feet, which promotes jogging routines to help stabilize the lives of homeless people, will launch in the Bay Area in the fall.

Using Literature as a Force for Good Among Austin's Homeless Population

Through book donations and creative writing classes, one man is giving back to a community of which he was once a part. 

A Case for Homeless Shelter Networks as Basic Infrastructure

D.C.’s promising new plan would equitably distribute such facilities across the city and serve more residents.

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

What I Learned From a Poverty Simulation

To start, it was a far more sobering experience than I expected.

The Next Wave of Bike-Share Innovations May Focus on Equity

Several cities are trying out new ways of encouraging low-income residents to sign up.

A Danish City Is Using GPS to Track (and Help) the Homeless

An opt-in program in Odense aims to use the data to bring services to the homeless where they already congregate.

Can Cities Ease Homelessness With Storage Units?

Providing storage solutions for the homeless helps bring stability and dignity to their lives.

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource—fire stations—can be made even more useful for a community.

The Particular Challenge of Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth

These kids are hard to find, and often face even greater struggles than their straight peers.

America's Homeless Kids Crisis

The number of students without a home has hit a record high, according to new data from the Department of Education.

The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.