Pam Fessler http://www.kunc.org en Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Annual Report Shows http://www.kunc.org/post/charitable-giving-nears-pre-recession-levels-annual-report-shows Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with giving on the rise. Americans last year gave $335 billion to charity. That's according to a new report released today by the Giving USA Foundation. That is close to the levels of donation before the recession. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.<p>PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: After the recession, experts predicted it would take many years - maybe even a decade - for charitable giving to get back to where it was before the economic downturn. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 57866 at http://www.kunc.org A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone http://www.kunc.org/post/campaign-house-homeless-reaches-milestone Mallyveen Teah, 53, has been homeless or couch surfing on and off for the past 25 years. Now, he walks from his job at a construction site in Arlington, Va., to his new home, a one-bedroom apartment.<p>"Something as simple as giving a person a set of keys to their own place makes a huge difference in terms of their outlook on life, the world," he says.<p>Teah is <a href="http://100khomes.org/" target="_blank">part of a campaign launched by a nonprofit group</a> in New York four years ago to permanently house 100,000 homeless people. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 57646 at http://www.kunc.org A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps http://www.kunc.org/post/economic-upswing-has-fewer-americans-receiving-food-stamps Critics of the food stamp program have been alarmed in recent years by its rapid growth. Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. received food stamps, or SNAP benefits, as they're called. That's almost 48 million people, a record high.<p>But the numbers <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap">have started</a> to drop. In February, the last month for which figures were available, 1.6 million fewer people received food stamps than at the peak in December 2012, according to the U.S. Thu, 29 May 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 57150 at http://www.kunc.org Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck http://www.kunc.org/post/poverty-frustrating-mix-bad-choices-and-bad-luck Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause. Sun, 18 May 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 56655 at http://www.kunc.org One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break http://www.kunc.org/post/one-familys-story-shows-how-cycle-poverty-hard-break Desiree Metcalf's story is heartbreaking, but among the 46 million Americans who are poor today, her story is not unique.<p>Metcalf is 24 years old.<p>She's the mother of three little girls — ages 6, 4 and 2. They all have different fathers.<p>"That about sums me up, I think," she says.<p>Metcalf is sitting on the floor of her two-bedroom apartment in the small town of Bath, in western New York. A fish tank gurgles in the background. A tiny kitten peeks out from under the furniture. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 56249 at http://www.kunc.org One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break