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Did 'barefoot homeless guy' really deserve charity?

Mar 29, 2013
Remember the “barefoot homeless guy” from when an NYPD officer bought him shoes? Well, he’s back in the news this week after being seen recently counting a “huge wad of bills.”
Posted In: media

Oyler principal on the budget bubble?

Mar 28, 2013
Craig Hockenberry has been the guiding force at Oyler School for more than a decade. But cuts could threaten his job.
Posted In: Oyler School, teachers

Flying with a net, literal and figurative

Mar 26, 2013
Our reporter learns to fly on a trapeze -- and gets a crash course in safety nets, both real and metaphoric.
Posted In: safety net

Show me your (real and metaphoric) safety net

Mar 26, 2013
One woman's definition of a safety net: Something that lets you take risks, from going to school to flying from a trapeze.
Posted In: food stamps, safety net

St. Louis: You Know You're Wealthy When...

Mar 25, 2013
In this installment of Marketplace's "You Know You're Wealthy When" series, we traveled to Saint Louis to ask residents of the Midwestern city what being wealthy means to them.
Posted In: You know you're wealthy when

Show Us Your Safety Net!

Mar 25, 2013
Have you ever had to go on government programs like welfare or food stamps? Or maybe you’ve had to ask your family or a close friend for financial assistance. If so, we want to hear from you!

Homeownership: The right choice for low-income families?

Mar 22, 2013
Advocates say home ownership is still a good way for low-income families to build wealth - but it shouldn't be their only form of savings
Posted In: foreclosure, buying a home

Could big banks help rein in payday lenders?

Mar 20, 2013
Payday lenders circumvented state laws by moving online, and in the process big banks became enablers (and potentially profited) from payday lending. Now Chase is making changes to protect its customers from payday lenders. Will other banks follow?
Posted In: Banks, payday loans, lenders

Skid Row was L.A.'s solution for homelessness. Now that's changing

Mar 19, 2013
Los Angeles has long steered its homeless population to a border area of downtown rarely seen except by those who work there and the homeless. Now redevelopment is pressing against Skid Row, and advocates are taking steps to secure homes for the homeless.
Posted In: homeless, los angeles, Skid Row, gentrification

Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

Mar 15, 2013
A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.
Posted In: tough choices, middle class, social services, American dream, documentary

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