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Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State

Scott W. Allard

Abstract

Sweeping changes in welfare programs since 1996 have transformed the way America cares for its poor. Today, for every dollar spent on cash welfare payments, some twenty dollars are spent on service programs targeted at the working poor—job training, adult education, child care, emergency assistance, mental health care, and other social services. This book examines the current system in the United States and the crucial role that geography plays in the system's ability to offer help. Drawing on unique survey data from almost 1,500 faith-based and secular service organizations in three cities, t ... More

Keywords: welfare programs, poor, America, cash welfare payments, working poor, poor populations, health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300120356
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120356.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott W. Allard, author