Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the
Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. In her visit to Durham, Kneebone will
talk about research from her new book. In Confronting Suburban Poverty in
America, she and coauthor Alan Berube take on the new reality of metropolitan
poverty and opportunity in America. For decades, suburbs added poor residents
at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor
residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation’s total poor population.
Yet the antipoverty infrastructure built over the past several decades does not
fit this rapidly changing geography.Kneebone and Berube paint a new picture of
poverty in America as well as the best ways to combat it.
Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a
series of workable recommendations for public, private, and nonprofit leaders
seeking to modernize poverty alleviation and community development strategies
and connect residents with economic opportunity in cities and suburbs alike.
The authors highlight efforts in metro areas where local leaders are learning
how to do more with less and adjusting their approaches to address the
metropolitan scale of poverty by integrating services and service delivery,
collaborating across sectors and jurisdictions, and using data-driven and
flexible funding strategies.