Countering Urban Poverty Concentration in the United States

The people versus place debate in housing policy

Authored by: Anupama Jacob

The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415673440
eBook ISBN: 9781315755519
Adobe ISBN: 9781317627401

10.4324/9781315755519.ch25

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Abstract

Title 42 of the U.S. Code states that “the future welfare of the Nation and the well-being of its citizens” requires “systematic and sustained action by Federal, State, and local governments to … improve the living environment of low- and moderate-income families, and to develop new centers of population growth and economic activity” (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD], n.d.(a)). Policymakers and researchers are increasingly recognizing the importance of economic, social, cultural, and political features of a neighborhood in influencing the short- and long-term opportunities available to its residents (Brooks-Gunn et al., 1997; Ellen and Turner, 2003; Sampson et al., 2002).

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