Fifty years after major initiatives under War on Poverty legislation, poverty and inequality persist in the U.S. The safety net provides important income support and services for families in need. It also creates opportunities for low-income families to break the poverty cycle.
Drawing on unique survey data from almost 1,500 faith-based and secular service organizations in three cities, a book by Poverty and Place conference presenter Scott W. Allard examines which agencies are most accessible to poor populations and looks at the profound impact of unstable funding on assistance programs.
Millions of people live in poverty in this country. They suffer not only material deprivation, but also the hardships and diminished life prospects that come with being poor. In recognition of these challenges, the Brookings Institution has commissioned fourteen innovative, evidence-based antipoverty proposals through its Hamilton Project.
A large portion of California’s rural poor live in the Central Valley, a population characterized by high levels of Hispanic migrant farmworkers and English learners. A recent study found that out of 65 rural California towns, labor-intensive agriculture contributes to poverty and welfare demands in rural communities by attracting large numbers of unskilled foreign workers and offering most of them poverty-level wages. In the 65 towns, 28 percent of the residents live in households with below-poverty incomes. Moreover, the same study projected the population to reach 12 million by 2025.
From 1900 through the 1960s, millions of black Americans moved northward during The Great Migration toward economic opportunity and away from Jim Crow in the South. However, over the last few decades many of those destination cities in the north have fared poorly.