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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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Spatial Inequality in the Safety Net

Spatial Inequality in the Safety Net

(p.47) Chapter 3 Spatial Inequality in the Safety Net
Out of Reach

Scott W. Allard

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the spatial inequality that occurs in the safety net assistance programs of the American welfare state. It argues that the safety net does not provide equitable access to social service programs that have become such an essential part of the American welfare state. It explains that spatial inequalities in the safety net are important to understand as they undermine the success of policy, bias research on poverty, and even create obstacles for community organizations working with low-income populations.

Keywords:   safety net assistance, spatial inequalities, community organizations, low-income populations, social service programs

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