Place-Based Federal Initiative Offers Promise for Reducing Poverty

With urban inequality getting increased attention from politicians and pundits, many have wondered whether cities actually have the tools to address this growing challenge. A new federal initiative offers a promising solution.

"Brian Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the D.C.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, sees hope for a federal response [to enduring poverty] in the Obama administration’s new Promise Zones initiative. Smedley calls Promise Zones 'the biggest, most promising anti-poverty strategy' in decades." 

"Promise Zones are intended to coordinate and focus community-based programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Agriculture (DOA), on high-poverty communities across the country," explains Bernardine Watson. "The goal of Promise Zones is to accelerate these programs by using the administration’s new 'place-based' approach of integrating and aligning the resources of several federal agencies in areas of concentrated poverty."

Full Story: Are the Obama administration’s ‘Promise Zones’ a promising anti-poverty strategy?

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