Poverty in U.S. suburbs

Authored by: Katrin B. Anacker

The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138290235
eBook ISBN: 9781315266442
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This chapter focuses on poverty in U.S. suburbs. It discusses differences between suburban and inner-city poverty, focusing on the suburban social welfare infrastructure. It then discusses the policy blind spot hypothesis by Puentes and Orfield (2002) and three current place-based policies benefiting suburbs as well as suburbanites, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The chapter then argues that the impending major budget cuts of the first two place-based programs, scheduled to occur in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Congress.gov, 2017), and the scheduled end of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program are going to cause many suburbs to find themselves in a true policy blind spot.

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