2013 May

News Coverage of Confronting Suburban Poverty

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The New York Times: Cul-de-sac Poverty

More poor Americans live in suburbs than in cities, but public policy hasn’t caught up to address their needs, according to co-authors of the new book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube.

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NPR: Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

NPR’s Pam Fessler investigates the rapidly increasing levels of suburban poverty in Montgomery County, Md., one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.

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The Atlantic Cities: The Suburbanization of Poverty

There is no word more evocative in the urban vernacular than “suburb.” For most of us, those two syllables conjure a very specific type of place, with a specific kind of people comfortably living there. And yet, over the last decade, suburbs have increasingly become home to America’s poor, The Atlantic Cities’ Emily Badger reports.

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The Washington Post Wonkblog: Poverty is growing twice as fast in the suburbs as in cities

The Washington Post’s Brad Plummer outlines the drivers of a major demographic milestone: more poor people living in the suburbs than in cities.

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May 20 Release Event: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

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Brookings_Book_330x500Almost 50 years ago, when Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty and set in motion the development of our modern social safety net, poverty was largely confined to inner-city neighborhoods and isolated rural areas. Today, the overwhelming majority of America’s poor live in its major metropolitan areas, and most of them live not in cities, but in suburbs. Yet the paradigm of poverty in America, and the infrastructure for addressing the conditions poor families and communities face, has failed to keep pace with the reality of these changes. The problems of the growing suburban poor are now exacerbated by a weak economy and increasingly limited resources for nonprofits, philanthropies and government at all levels.

On May 20, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will host an event marking the release of the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings, 2013), co-authored by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube. They, along with some of the nation’s leading anti-poverty experts, including Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, and Bill Shore, founder and CEO of Share our Strength, will join leading local innovators from across the country to discuss a new metropolitan opportunity agenda for addressing suburban poverty, how federal and state policymakers can deploy limited resources to address a growing challenge, and why building on local solutions holds great promise.

After the panel discussion, participants will take audience questions.

Join the ongoing conversation on Twitter with hashtag #SuburbanPoverty.

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Learn about suburban poverty in your community, how innovators around the country are addressing it, and what you can do locally and nationally to take action.