Growing up poor is a challengeand growing up in a poor neighborhood is even more challenging. Because community distress undermines individual outcomes and trajectories, place-based strategies have played a role in anti-poverty efforts. The notion that we need to think of distressed neighborhoods in a broader metropolitan context, is relatively new. We argue that this approachconsidering place in metropolitan context, seeing neighborhoods as a platform for mobility, and understanding the critical role of organizingcould move the needle on poverty. The new administration understands this framework, but applying it across agencies and programs requires conscious effort and commitment.
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