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Policy Brief 1: Falling Short on Helping the Poor


The responsibility of assisting the poor through public policy has increasingly fallen on the shoulders of local governments. Historically, the federal government had played a very strong role in ensuring a basic quality of life for most poor urban residents.This policy brief examines local residents’ perceptions of whether local governments in Southern California are doing enough to meet the needs of the poor.

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