Poverty Compounded

Series of Unstable Circumstances
Keep People in Poverty

An April 16, 2016, article, “Poverty Compounded” from The Atlantic makes the case that “Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money – it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.”

Gillian B. White, an editor at the magazine reports on new research around poverty.

Brookings Institute researchers help make the case for increased federal housing choice voucher program funding.

“They argue that in order to address the compounding effects of the various types of poverty, it would actually be useful to de-emphasize the matter of income. That may sound counterproductive, but it would just mean working to offer things like better quality public education, low-cost, comprehensive health care, and safer, higher-quality affordable housing, things that could improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of income limitations.”

Brookings Institute researchers help make the case for increased federal housing choice voucher program funding.

Raising a household’s income is often not enough to pull it out of poverty. With increased voucher funding, more low- and very low-income households would have access to affordable housing.

Poverty Compounded