Spatial Connections

Research Report

Spatial Connections

Examining the Location of Children and Youth and the Nonprofits that Serve Them in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
September 27, 2004


The accessibility of nonprofit services is a key factor in promoting effective service delivery networks for children and youth. Until now, little was known about the location of nonprofit providers in relation to the residential patterns of children, particularly from low-income families. Using a newly developed dataset of nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and the Urban Institute's Neighborhood Change Database, this study takes aim at this information gap by providing the first empirical assessment of the spatial allocation of locally-oriented child and youth nonprofit resources in the D.C. region. The report finds a significant relationship between high rates of child poverty in neighborhoods and the locational patterns of child and youth nonprofits, particularly social welfare organizations, in the region.

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