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Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at N.C. poverty


Overpowered by the smell of mold and mildew, Tina Pope, 37, breathes through her shirt collar as she shows off the kitchen of the duplex apartment in Henderson that she rented with her 5-year-old son and fiancé for 3 years. “I’m not a nasty person,” said Pope who works for a cleaning service and paid $225 dollars per month rent for the property. “I wouldn’t even advise a person coming off the street to live in here. I hate I had to live her myself.” The city has moved to condemn the home, though the landlord has expected her to continue to pay rent. She works two jobs to try to keep her family afloat.

Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at N.C. poverty


Clarence, 45, reads a bedtime story to his 3 sons by kerosene lantern Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the rented home he and his wife share with their 5 school-aged children in Durham. The family has been without power since June after they got behind in their utility payments and have been unable to afford the back payments, reconnect fees and a deposit required to restore power. They are saving to have natural gas restored by winter. Clarence’s wife, 44, is a full-time student working towards a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Clarence currently collects workers’ compensation. The family did not want their last name published for fear their children might be teased at school.

In urban North Carolina, deep pockets of misery are masked

Seeing the Invisible | A yearlong look at N.C. poverty part 2

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.

Read Gene Nichol’s coulmn here:

Seeing the invisible | In NC, poverty pervades as we evade: Part 1

POVERTY2-ED-012313-TELPoverty isn’t just a number:

It’s an all-too-real condition for almost one in five North Carolinians.
And it’s getting worse, not better.

Starting Sunday, The N&O launches a monthly examination of the faces and issues of poverty across our state with reporting and commentary by lawyer, professor and social critic Gene Nichol, who directs UNC Law School’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. N&O photojournalist Travis Long is documenting the work for publication in print on online.

Find their reports the last Sunday of each month on the opinion page and collected at: