Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State by Scott W. Allard | 9780300120356 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State

Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State

by Scott W. Allard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300120354

ISBN-13: 9780300120356

Pub. Date: 12/16/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Sweeping changes in welfare programs since 1996 have transformed the way America cares for its poor. Today, for every dollar spent on cash welfare payments, some twenty dollars are spent on service programs targeted at the working poor—job training, adult education, child care, emergency assistance, mental health care, and other social services. This important

Overview

Sweeping changes in welfare programs since 1996 have transformed the way America cares for its poor. Today, for every dollar spent on cash welfare payments, some twenty dollars are spent on service programs targeted at the working poor—job training, adult education, child care, emergency assistance, mental health care, and other social services. This important book examines our current system and the crucial role that geography plays in the system’s ability to offer help.

Drawing on unique survey data from almost 1,500 faith-based and secular service organizations in three cities, Scott W. Allard examines which agencies are most accessible to poor populations and looks at the profound impact of unstable funding on assistance programs. Allard argues that the new system has become less equitable and reliable, and he concludes with practical policy recommendations that address some of the more pressing issues in improving the safety net.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120356
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,246,451
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State 9

3 Spatial Inequality in the Safety Net 47

4 The Financing and Stability of Organizations Serving the Poor 88

5 A Comparison of Faith-Based and Secular Nonprofit Service Providers 118

6 The Politics of a Fragmented Welfare State 145

7 Repairing Holes in the Safety Net 171

Technical Appendix 197

Notes 231

References 245

Index 259

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