The Geography Of Poverty And Service Provision

On average, poor populations in urban centers have greater spatial access to social services than poor populations living in suburban areas, according to a new Brookings report.
August 19, 2004, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Greater proximity to social service providers is thought to increase the likelihood that eligible individuals in need will receive assistance. Using three cities-Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington-as examples, this paper by Scott Allard analyzes the shifting geography of concentrated poverty and its impact on access to social services.

Among the findings:

  • While spatial access to social service providers is greatest in central city areas, potential demand for services is also much greater in central city areas than in suburban areas.
  • The location of social service providers does not always match well to the changing demographic compositions of cities.
  • High poverty central city tracts with large percentages of Hispanics are located within the greatest proximity to service providers.

    Thanks to Chris Steins

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    Published on Monday, August 16, 2004 in The Brookings Institution
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