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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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Repairing Holes in the Safety Net

Repairing Holes in the Safety Net

(p.171) Chapter 7 Repairing Holes in the Safety Net
Out of Reach

Scott W. Allard

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the numerous solutions that communities, policymakers, and advocates could take to improve local safety nets and mitigate mismatches in access to assistance. It suggests that it is necessary to increase public expenditures for antipoverty programs and improve public transportation, in order to reduce mismatches. It adds that greater program funding and better public transportation will allow communities to serve the poor better, but these measures must be paired with efforts to change the structural determinants of service mismatches and the instability within the local safety nets.

Keywords:   service mismatches, local safety nets, public transportation, access to assistance, public expenditures

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