Be a part of the solution. Whether you’re a new or seasoned advocate, a government leader, a funder, or a practitioner, we all can play a role in confronting suburban poverty. Use the steps below to guide your interactions and conversations with media, community leaders and policymakers about your community and the solutions that are helping to alleviate poverty and increase access to opportunity region-wide.

Simple Steps You Can Take

  • Read the book and learn more about suburban poverty online.  Visit our website at and learn more about the growth of poverty in the suburbs, see how your region is doing, identify the challenges that your community is facing, and learn about promising models of change locally and around the country.
  • Share the information with change leaders in your community.  Share the book and the video explaining suburban poverty with leaders in your community who care about issues affecting economic opportunity, including elected, business, civic, and faith-based leaders; and those who work in the areas of housing, transportation, education, immigration, food assistance, health, and community development.
  • Start a dialogue in your community. Introduce the book as a topic at a local event, a local Chamber of Commerce meeting, a planning or school board meeting in your community, a local book club.  Raise the visibility of the book and poverty solutions on your organization’s list serve, website, Facebook page, or online newsletter.  Follow Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program  on Twitter and let others know about the book and the issue by tweeting about it.  Use tools on our website to help you illustrate the problem in your local area and what different programs and organizations are doing.
  • Watch the video and share it with others.  View our video explaining suburban poverty and let others know about it.  Tell your friends and colleagues to watch the video and have them share it with others.  Use the video to supplement presentations about the issue of suburban poverty with organizations you want to engage.
  • Promote the topic with local media.  Write an op-ed, letter to the editor, blog post, or talk to local media about the poverty problems in your community and what needs to be done to more effectively connect people to services and education and job opportunities in the region. Use information on this website to help you get started on explaining the problem, its implications, and what recommendations the book is offering to accelerate action. For tips on promoting the topic to the local media, check out the Action Toolkit.


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