What is current research saying about DE-concentrating poverty?

The scope and impact of concentrated poverty has been studied for decades. More recent research, however, has started to analyze whether certain initiatives to DE-concentrate poverty have been successful.

Research from Virginia

Studies in our research library approach concentrated poverty first by laying out a description of the state of the country as well as Virginia’s Cities and Counties.

In 2016 Housing Virginia held a conference around the topic. Conference summaries and materials can be found here.

Research outside of Virginia

Poverty deconcentration is a means to alleviating poverty, not a solution in and of itself. To the extent that anti-poverty programming can provide those who desire it increased geographic mobility, the goal of deconcentrating poverty can be met.  But the topic is not without controversy. Some argue that policies aimed at deconcentrating poverty are simply an attempt to disperse or relocate low income individuals. It is argued that poverty deconcentration programs are oftentimes more about a goal of non-poor communities to displace or diffuse low income populations, rather than a policy about holistically improving the lives of the poor. For practitioners, these critiques must be understood and internalized to create quality policy.