Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Year in Review: Finding a balance

Compassion | Sweeping policy changes affected the poor and poverty fighters in 2019
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich & Charissa Koh
Posted 12/26/19, 01:15 pm

This year, the United States wrestled with how to balance accountability and compassion. Both elements are essential in criminal justice, immigration policy, and poverty-fighting. But how to tell when to apply which—and how much? Government tactics produced mixed results, while Christian ministries worked to provide challenging, personal, and spiritual help to those who need it.

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Is working for welfare benefits a SNAP?

Poverty | What cuts to food stamps mean, and how churches can fill the gap
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/11/19, 06:15 pm

At a homeless shelter in Joplin, Mo., a wall by the coffee pot is decorated with food stamps cards. Residents who give up the government benefit add their cards to the wall, symbolizing the way of life they are leaving behind. Jocelyn Brisson, now the shelter director for Watered Gardens, grew up on food stamps and took part in the program from when she was 18 until she turned 50, sometimes trading her card for cash to buy drugs or cigarettes.

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Strike two for Seattle tiny houses

Effective Compassion | A no-strings strategy to provide for the homeless falls short
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/27/19, 01:41 pm

Seattle plans to stop funding another tiny house village for the homeless after months of fighting with the property’s managers. It will be the second time the city has closed down a tiny house development.

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