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Using Child Allowances to Cut Black and Latino Poverty

Policy associate Clio Chang recently wrote a piece that exposes the fact that there are now a higher number of black children living in poverty than there are white children. To combat this, Chang suggests establishing a cash allowance program to provide families with additional assistance with raising a child. The think tank Demos cites Chang's research and shares supplemental graphs to further support the validity of a child cash allowance policy.

In addition to being one of the easier anti-poverty programs to implement, a robust system of child benefits (including a child allowance) would also be the most advantageous welfare state expansion imaginable for Black and Latino families. It would go further than any other welfare program at closing racial poverty gaps and easing racial gaps in income more generally.

Read Matt Bruenig's article and check out the graphs he provides.

Tags: racial inequality, child poverty, cash allowances

Combating the Resilience of Black Child Poverty

More black children now live in poverty than white children. TCF policy associate Clio Chang breaks down family earnings by race and discusses ways to close the gap.

Tags: racial wealth gap, eitc, child poverty rate, child poverty, cash allowances, black americans, bernie sanders

Concentrated poverty spikes in metro Detroit

Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press uses the research from TCF's recent report Architecture of Segregation to describe the issues hitting the city of Detroit. With poverty at the extremely high rate of 40 to 60 percent in certain areas of Detroit, Warikoo says that it's critical that action be taken to curb this from worsening. He says that the trend of concentrated poverty is a major contributor to the civil unrest movements that have been springing up across the country, making it an even more severe issue as it raises civilian security concerns. The article quotes Jargowsky:

Jargowsky says that reducing concentrated poverty would require federal and state governments to control suburban development, and that new housing should reflect "the income distribution of the metropolitan area as a whole."

Read Warikoo's article on concentrated poverty in Detroit.

Tags: suburbs, inequality, housing segregation, concentrated poverty

Milwaukee Metro Area Among Fastest Growing Areas of Concentrated Poverty

WUWM public radio recently interviewed TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky about his report Architecture of Segregation, specifically in regard to the changing face of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The metropolitan area of Milwaukee has one of the fastest growing concentrations of Black and Latino people living in neighborhoods of poverty—nearly 45 percent of African Americans now living in high poverty neighborhoods compared to 39% in 2000.

Jargowsky attributes much of the change to so-called "white flight." "We still have an issue in this country with the way metropolitan areas are developing, in that we have suburban jurisdictions growing very fast," he says. "Faster than is needed to accommodate population growth; and they're also using zoning and other tactics to essentially create economically segregated jurisdictions.

Listen to the interview and read the rest of the article from WUWM's show Lake Effect.

Tags: white flight, high poverty neighborhoods, concentrated poverty

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads - August 9-15

Architecture of Segregation, the new report out by TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky has received a lot of attention during the past week, including a mention among the Daily Beast's best longreads of the week.

Find out which other pieces were included in the Daily Beast's weekly roundup of the best longform reads.

Tags: segregation, racial inequality, racial divide, housing segregation, concentrated poverty

How A Poor Neighborhood Becomes A Trap

Concentrated poverty is on the rise, as documented by TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest report, Architecture of Segregation. The latest coverage on the highly discussed report comes from ThinkProgress.

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of high-poverty neighborhoods, with a poverty rate of 40 percent or more, actually declined by more than a quarter, according to a recent report from Paul Jargowsky at The Century Foundation. But since then, they’ve started rising again. The number of high-poverty census tracts jumped by a third before the economic recession even began, from 2005 to 2009, and then increased by another 1,100 neighborhoods between 2009 and 2013. Overall, they’ve increased 76 percent since 2000.

Read more from ThinkProgress on Jargowsky's report.

Tags: racial inequality, racial divide, poverty, concentrated poverty


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