The Current Realities Of Poverty And Homeliness

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The current realities of poverty and homeliness are much different than what we have come to know. In the past the common view of poverty existed mainly in the dense inner core of economically depressed areas of metropolitan cities. Yet poverty today has taken on a much different meaning. I will show that while poverty still exist in the urban areas it has seen a dramatic shifted in numbers from the urban and rural areas of America to the suburbs. I will also show why suburban residents fare no better than their urban counterparts. Prior to the 1970s the poor was relegated mostly in urban areas and to a degree rural areas, but Kneebone and Berube (2013) shows that the geography of the nation’s poor, however, changed markedly over the ensuing forty years, shifting decidedly away from smaller communities and toward these large metropolitan areas. According to the authors, in 1970 more than half of the country’s poor lived in metropolitan areas, but “by 2010, 15.3 million poor individuals —55 percent of the metropolitan poor population—lived in the suburbs, almost 2.6 million more than in the cities (12.8 million). Nationally, by the end of the 2000s one in three poor Americans lived in the suburbs, making them home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country” (Kneebone and Berube 2013, 18). The authors show that even before the year 2000 the suburbs of Seattle “had more poor residents—61 percent of the metropolitan total—than the cities of Seattle,

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