For years now those who have tended not to really care about those who had not. That was until it became they who now suffer from not having. Now that this is the case, many who may have thumbed their nose at poverty yesterday are now begging for that same assistance today. Could this be a lesson which tells us to worry more not about what we have but what others do not?
“When most people think about poverty in America, they likely see a blighted inner-city neighborhood, someplace that the middle class abandoned decades ago.” “But that image may no longer be apt: As several recent reports have stressed, more Americans are now living below the poverty line in suburbs than in cities.” “And thanks in part to the Great Recession, suburban poverty continues to rise sharply.” “What’s more, many suburbs may not be as well set up as urban areas are to provide much-needed social services.” “Researchers fear that porous suburban safety nets are leaving a growing number of struggling Americans without access to the basic assistance they need to get them through hard times.” “More fundamentally, observers say, many suburbs, whose residents have in the past been disproportionately affluent, simply aren’t set up to serve the poor.” “As Allard and Roth found, most suburban communities lack the kind of social services programs commonly found in urban areas, which have been grappling with poverty for decades.” “And some suburban nonprofits have trouble raising money from donors, because of the perception that poverty is predominantly an urban ill.” “Advocates for the poor are urging the government to boost support for service providers, so that those serving suburban communities can be adequately funded, without taking scarce resources away from urban providers.” Roth, Zachary, 10/26/2010, Yahoo Upshot, New poverty hotspot? The suburbs, Retrieved from email@example.com).
Now there are those who think that the services for the poor will be short-changed in order to provide for those new to being poor. It will be interesting to see if in the rush to provide services to the suburbs will take from those in the urban area. Will those who bemoaned others on food stamps now have to apologize for assuming that we were all just fat and lazy?