- Created: Thursday, 24 March 2011 14:37
Since the case of Gautreax, when in 1976 the Supreme Court ordered an end to racially discriminatory practices in public housing, a wealth of research on the effects of concentration of poverty has been generated.
Some studies suggest that de-concentrating poverty, especially to neighborhoods below a certain threshold of poverty, benefits poor families. Others argue that putting stress on the natural social ties that families use to build support in tough neighborhoods by moving families to low-poverty areas is detrimental. Some new resources, including one with compelling findings of academic success for elementary school children in low-poverty schools, add more depth to the discussion.