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  • Poverty spreading in the US suburbs

    Many Americans might think of poverty as primarily an urban problem. However, it's becoming more and more of an issue in the suburbs as well. And in some ways, the suburbs are even a worse place to be poor than the city. Low-density sprawl, lack of public transportation, and fewer social services mean that poverty can be harder to escape. An interesting article in Politico explores this new geography of American poverty.

    "People went to suburbia for the American dream, and it became a nightmare,” says Rev. Dwight “Ike” Reighard, MUST’s president and CEO. “People have such little margin in their lives, it’s staggering.”

    To fill in those margins, MUST provides services more often seen, or at least imagined, in the inner city: a “work recovery” shelter for the homeless and unemployed; veterans housing; rental assistance; job training; computer labs; health care. Last year its food pantry distributed $1.25 million in groceries. And over the summer MUST volunteers delivered 247,087 lunches to kids who usually rely on school to provide their one meal of the day. That's more than double what it was just four years ago."

    Check out the whole article.


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