ERIC Number: ED356282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Chronically Poor: Breaking the Cycle.
This question-and-answer format paper looks at some of the basic issues surrounding the chronically poor and initiatives and services designed to break the poverty cycle. A first section explores some of the myths and realities surrounding the characteristics of the chronically poor population and notes that this population is comprised of children, women, young African American men, Whites and minorities, located in the inner city as well as in poor rural areas. This section also notes that the nation's persistent poor tend to be African Americans and members of households headed by single females. A second section examines factors contributing to the growth of an underclass, including a "dual labor market" and welfare structures. A third sections reviews remedies to the current situation, addressing children's needs and reformulating assistance goals in terms of barriers rather than target populations. This section also describes the ways that corporate America can assist through leadership; support; funding; direct response initiatives; and community forums, collaborations, networks, and partnerships. This last section offers examples of corporate programs and initiatives already in place including resources and contacts. Appended are sample forms from a corporate-foster care alliance. (Contains 42 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Children and Family Services, Springfield.