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Patrick Markee and Lizzie Ratner report from a New York intake clinic for homeless families in the Bronx.

With homeless rates at record highs, America needs a bold new housing policy.

A biography of Robert Clifton Weaver traces the life and times of an often misunderstood urban reformer.

Rep. John Conyers expressed concern and a California activist group called for investigations of vigilante violence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Both the perpetrators and victims of violent attacks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina share their stories in vivid detail.

Hysteria over looters in the storm-ravaged city had grave unintended consequences. Justice must be done.

Did New Orleans police play a role in the grisly death of Henry Glover?

White vigilante justice tore through New Orleans after the storm. But no official investigation has shed light on the violence.

Two new books uncover the colonial origins and musical roots of New Orleans.

Hurricane Gustav should have been political rat poison for the GOP; instead, it became an argument for drilling.

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Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department plans to shut off water for delinquent customers at a rate of 1,500 to 3,000 this summer. 

July 11, 2014

Citizens organize to block water shutoffs as the UN Special Rapporteur says ”when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”

July 11, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

As a major city opts for a minimum wage that’s double the federal rate, what seemed an improbable goal gets very real.

June 2, 2014

Two top Christie aides were subpoenaed in an ongoing investigation into the Port Authority slush fund.

June 2, 2014

Community groups say building a trauma in Chicago’s South Side would save lives.

May 19, 2014

Christie’s former top political aide and the governor’s spokesman dispute each other’s recollections.

May 16, 2014

Why is an accrediting commission targeting a well-performing college serving underprivileged communities?

May 15, 2014