Building a Stronger Safety Net: Local Organizations and the Challenges of Serving Immigrants in the Suburbs

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By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Just as more poor people in America now live in suburbs than in primary cities, immigrants are more likely to live in suburbs than in the urban core. This study examines the nonprofit safety net in select Chicago suburban municipalities to assess the capacity and accessibility of these service providers relative to the location and need of low-income immigrants. We identify differences between immigrant service providers and mainstream organizations, particularly their willingness and ability to outreach to and serve immigrants, and analyze their role as mediating institutions.

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