The Denver Post, Getting help to more of the poor in Colorado’s suburbs
The Denver region’s geography of poverty and opportunity has changed rapidly since 2000. In just 12 years, the number of metro Denver residents living below the federal poverty line (roughly $23,500 for a family of four in 2012) almost doubled. By 2012, the metro area’s poor population numbered more than 332,000 people, and almost two-thirds of those residents lived outside Denver’s city limits.
Bridge Magazine, Suburban poverty continues to grow in Michigan
In Michigan, Grand Rapids saw its suburban poor increase nearly 88 percent since the 2000 census; in the Detroit Metro area, it’s closer to 115 percent. All of the state’s 14 congressional districts saw an increase, a trend reflected elsewhere in the industrial Midwest.
The Tampa Tribune, Food stamp use up in wealthiest suburbs
According to a Brookings study released this summer, food stamp use in the suburbs has doubled nationwide. The majority of food stamp recipients now live in the suburbs, not the cities.
A sampling of recent publications we have been reading
Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium
The first report to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS) reveals the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.
Living Cities Blog, Strong Community Relationships and Presence Key to Successful CDFI Expansion
Joe Neri, the CEO of IFF, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFI) provides lessons learned on how institutions can grow and expand successfully.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poverty by design: Pittsburgh suburbs have long been home to the poor
In Pittsburgh, growing poverty is the result of trends that are well known: factory closings, the loss of blue-collar jobs, stagnant wages, an inadequate social safety net, the decline of unions and persistent inequality, particularly along lines of race. Today’s economic system produces poverty as a matter of course; attacks on unions and an already limited welfare state further exacerbate the situation. That said, poverty always has been common in Pittsburgh’s suburbs.
NPR, Epic Commutes Face Those Caught in Public Transit Puzzle
It’s a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation. Take Sarah Hairston’s commute from her apartment on Chicago’s South Side to her part-time job at a shelter for homeless teens on the north side of town.