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November 09, 2011

Brookings Report: Dramatic Jumps in Poverty-Stricken Neighborhoods

Poverty gains ground in Cleveland area neighborhoods

The Brookings Institution reports that Northeast Ohio has shown some of the fastest growth in the nation for the number of people living in extremely poor neighborhoods, a situation that Dr Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, confirmed in a November 3, 2011 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brookings' "The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s" looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country where at least 40 percent of residents were at or below the poverty level including 24,000 residents in "high-density" suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Euclid, Kent, Lorain, and Painesville.

"Yes, this is exactly what we've seen," said Dr. Coulton about the report. "It [poverty] has hit the suburbs hard."

Read more in "Brookings report finds poverty-stricken neighborhoods jump dramatically in Cleveland area" in the Plain Dealer and below.

Northeast Ohio has the fourth highest poverty growth with an 8 percentage point increase. Using information from NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing), Coulton saw a sharp increase in safety-net supports, such as food stamp recipients in the suburbs. In suburban municipalities in Cuyahoga County (not counting Cleveland) food stamps recipients rose from 15,758 in 2000, to 27,031 in 2005, to 57,214 in 2010.

The severity of the poverty in Northeast Ohio can be attributed to such factors including the foreclosure crisis, job loss, and pay cuts according to Dr. Coulton and others.

See also the Poverty Center's recent food stamp recipients update.