Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Poverty Rates Soar in Bay Area Suburbs

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In the suburbs of East Contra Costa County, the poverty rate has grown by more than 70 percent in the past decade. That's part of a Brookings Institution report chronicling the rise of suburban poverty nationwide. The report found the rate of poverty in suburbs has grown twice as fast as it has in the cities, but anti-poverty programs have been slow to respond and are still mostly focused in urban areas. We discuss the rise of poverty in the suburbs, and what can be done about it.

Host: Scott Shafer


  • Alissa Friedman, executive director of Opportunity Junction, an Antioch-based nonprofit that runs a job-training and placement program to help East County residents become self-sufficient
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and co-author of "Confronting Suburban Poverty in America"

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