Report: Poverty in the Suburbs is Growing
According to the Brookings Institution, which recently released a book entitled Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, there are now 16.4 million suburban residents living below the poverty line — nearly 3 million more than in the cities.
The findings indicate several reasons for this increase, including the Great Recession, which exacerbated the suburban poverty problem as the construction industry faltered and many businesses closed. Workers were left without jobs, and the downturn forced middle class families into unemployment, underemployment and poverty. Read more about the growth of suburban poverty here, in this story from CNN.
In the suburbs, neighbors who quietly struggle with loss of jobs, catastrophic health crises, and the possible loss of their homes, are also part of this emerging picture of suburban poverty.
With the publication of this study, these problems may be gaining national attention today; yet the Community Center has been seeing, and addressing, such problems for more than twenty years, helping to relieve the burden of hunger by providing the essentials for living to quietly struggling neighbors in 37 Northern Westchester communities.
Contact us if you would like to help.
(in photo: a young client inside our food pantry)