Seeing the invisible
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The poorest citizens in the poorest communities in North Carolina often pay the highest rates for electricity.
New Beginnings Emergency Shelter in Elizabeth City is nothing if not inconspicuous. A modest, two-story house on Herrington Road, it disappears into the ragged neighborhood. A small sign out front “On The Solid Foundation” hints at its purpose.
Ride along with Fayetteville Police Department's homeless specialist Stacy Sanders on a routine patrol as she checks in with some of Cumberland County's estimated 1,600 homeless residents living in shelters, woods and under bridges.
In Part 1 of a yearlong look at poverty in the state, UNC professor Gene Nichol has led a statewide look into the faces and causes of poverty, a condition that includes nearly 1 in every 5 North Carolinians.