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Funding for Areas With Persistent or High Poverty

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Research suggests that areas with high poverty rates also experience systematic problems such as higher levels of crime and school dropouts, as well as longer durations of poverty by their residents. What other characteristics do these communities have in common, and what steps is the federal government taking to help economic development in these areas? Today, we talked to Bill Shear, an expert in Community and Economic Development, about these issues.

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