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Out of ReachPlace, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State$
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Scott W. Allard

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120356

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120356.001.0001

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Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State

Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State

(p.9) Chapter 2 Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State
Out of Reach

Scott W. Allard

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how place matters to the “new” American welfare state, where community-based services become a primary method for helping the working poor. It explains the geography of the safety net, where the spatial distribution of social service provision is essential to understanding how communities help the poor. It suggests that if the safety net is mismatched to the geography of need, social programs will have limited success and isolated poverty will persist. It adds that the failure to recognize the spatial distribution of social service providers, thus, may lead to persistently unmet needs and ineffective tools to aid the poor.

Keywords:   working poor, geography of need, poverty, American welfare state, safety net

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