Special reports cover topics pertinent to the Fourth District, including financial education, predatory lending, microenterprise, and immigration trends.
- Poverty surged back into public awareness on the destructive tides of Hurricane Katrina last year. But this problem extends well beyond the South. Every region of the country has its share of poverty, in areas ranging from rural to urban. In fact, Cleveland was recently named—for the second time in three years—the poorest city in the United States among those with populations greater than 250,000.* Concentrated poverty, the percentage of poor people living in high-poverty tracts, is of particular concern to researchers, community development practitioners, and policymakers because of its harmful effects on people, neighborhoods, and community reinvestment strategies. (PDF)