Poverty persists: On Ivy Street in East Durham, immigrant families live in poorly maintained duplexes, some of which are only partly habitable. Bill Bamberger
Poverty persists: On Ivy Street in East Durham, immigrant families live in poorly maintained duplexes, some of which are only partly habitable. Bill Bamberger

One Community at a Time

Nearly a half century after its launch by Governor Terry Sanford, the North Carolina Fund, an ambitious antipoverty initiative, still provides a template for fighting economic inequities.
Writer: 
April 1, 2011
 

Scott Cooper remembers walking into the West Baltimore home, seeing mattresses, four of them, stacked against the living-room wall, and asking the woman if she was moving. It was one of his first house visits as a community organizer for a national nonprofit, and his host was a woman in her early sixties who worked two jobs, one as a janitor for the city schools; he doesn’t recall the other. “No,” she told him, the mattresses were for three of her children and four of her grandchildren.