Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's innovative methodology emphasizes the voices and choices of the program's participants but also rigorously analyzes the changing structures of regional opportunity and constraint that shaped the fortunes of those who "signed up." It shines a light on the hopes, surprises, achievements, and limitations of a major social experiment. As the authors make clear, for all its ambition, MTO is a uniquely American experiment, and this book brings home its powerful lessons for policymakers and advocates, scholars, students, journalists, and all who share a deep concern for opportunity and inequality in our country.

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Title Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty
Authors Xavier de Souza Briggs, Susan J. Popkin, John Goering
Type of Publication
Book
ISBN
0195392841
Date of Publication
Mar 31, 2010
Publisher
Oxford University Press

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