In Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube take on the new reality of metropolitan poverty and opportunity in America. For decades, suburbs added poor residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation’s total poor population. Yet the antipoverty infrastructure built over the past several decades does not fit this rapidly changing geography.
Kneebone and Berube paint a new picture of poverty in America as well as the best ways to combat it.
Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a series of workable recommendations for public, private, and nonprofit leaders seeking to modernize poverty alleviation and community development strategies and connect residents with economic opportunity in cities and suburbs alike. The authors highlight efforts in metro areas where local leaders are learning how to do more with less and adjusting their approaches to address the metropolitan scale of poverty by integrating services and service delivery, collaborating across sectors and jurisdictions, and using data-driven and flexible funding strategies.
Confronting Suburban Poverty in America is one of those rare books that changes the way we think about an important domestic problem.
It is replete with original findings and policy insights, and will be widely cited and discussed. Kneebone and Berube’s illuminating study on the dramatic growth of poverty in suburbs is a must-read not only for scholars, but also for policy makers and concerned citizens.William Julius Wilson,
Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University
Effectively helping families and communities under duress from the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession has required new types of partnerships within the non-profit community and with private sector partners.
This book explores how creative partnerships are guiding anti-poverty policy and practice into a future of tight capital and increasing need.Sister Lillian Murphy,
CEO, Mercy Housing
Confronting Suburban Poverty provides critical insight into why the new reality of suburban poverty is difficult to address as well as the kinds of promising cross-border strategies that need more state and federal support.
This important book reminds us why today’s demographics require us to develop tomorrow’s solutions.Toni Preckwinkle,
Cook County (IL) Board President
If you thought suburban poverty was an oxymoron, this important book will set you straight.
Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube tell us the facts and offer thoughtful reforms to help under-resourced suburbs cope in our 21st century world.Peter Edelman, Professor of Law,
Georgetown Law Center