Community Poverty

The closing paragraph of Poverty in the United States: Social Welfare vs the Market from (assigned reading in this module) is the following: 

“At the end of the day, community poverty (Links to an external site.) is about places where there are no jobs, where schools and educational levels are in a sorry state (i.e. no social ladder), where conditions of sanitation are often a shame and contribute to spreading diseases, where theres still no decent public transportation and so on. At the end of the day, people are still stuck where they live and those places still exist no matter what. So rather than hoping in vain that folks will eventually make it out of these places which is interesting only if you’re into creating ghost cities the only realistic solution is to fix them and help them redevelop again.”

What do you think would help to reduce poverty in the United States? What types of intervention(s) or program(s) would you implement to see meaningful change? Would this plan be easy to implement? Would it be expensive? What would the cost be compared to the cost of these other problems that result from poverty? 

Please write 1-2 pages (double-spaced with 12-point font) to respond to these questions. Please use this opportunity to reference the readings and videos from this module and share with me an idea you have that you think would have a genuine impact. If you have found interventions and programs that already exist and want to write about those, please be sure to include a link to where you got the information. This isn’t a formal research paper, and even still I want to see that you are thinking these things through. Creativity is encouraged!