Speakers at Georgetown summit offer strategies for cutting U.S. poverty

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May 13, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses ways the nation can can address poverty May 12 during the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See POVERTY-OBAMA May 12, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses ways the nation can can address poverty May 12 during the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In ideas big and small, speakers at Georgetown University’s Catholic-evangelical summit on overcoming poverty offered strategies to cut poverty in America.

The Rev. Melanie DeBouse, pastor of Evangel Chapel in Philadelphia outlined the situation in her poverty-stricken neighborhood, where the poor live in what she called “abandominiums,” with families occupying different sections of different floors of vacant dwellings.

“Once a month I allow them to line up against the wall of my church to give them 50 pounds of food,” Rev. DeBouse said. “We give them all that we have, but we can’t give them all that they need.”

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