Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Susan J. Popkin, John Goering
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195392841

ISBN-13: 9780195392845

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's innovative

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Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's innovative methodology emphasizes the voices and choices of the program's participants but also rigorously analyzes the changing structures of regional opportunity and constraint that shaped the fortunes of those who "signed up." It shines a light on the hopes, surprises, achievements, and limitations of a major social experiment. As the authors make clear, for all its ambition, MTO is a uniquely American experiment, and this book brings home its powerful lessons for policymakers and advocates, scholars, students, journalists, and all who share a deep concern for opportunity and inequality in our country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195392845
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,053,825
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 Places and Lives 3

2 Ghetto Poverty Before and After Katrina 25

3 Great Expectations and Muddling Through: Designing and Launching the Experiment 44

4 The Unequal Geography of Opportunity 67

5 Moving to Security 86

6 When Your Neighborhood Is Not Your Community 109

7 Struggling to Stay Out of High-Poverty Neighborhoods: Finding Good Housing 135

8 Finding Good Schools 170

9 Finding Work 192

10 Lessons 223

Appendix: Studying Moving to Opportunity 239

Notes 253

Works Cited 269

Index 291

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