This report explores how social capital and social geography affect the economic and overall well-being of families. Data from the Making Connections initiative further explain the roles of social capital, social geography and race in individual survival strategies.

September 29, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Descriptions and definitions of social capital and social geography.

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    The segregation of Philadelphia and Milwaukee in terms of race/nationality, class, poverty, educational attainment and employment strategies.

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    Which is more important in determining economic outcomes: physical geography or social geography.

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    Factors that affect whether families become involved in improving their communities.

Key Takeaway

Network Strategies Work for local residents

To effectively improve the lives of low-income families, neighborhood-based solutions aren’t enough. Rather, since people already rely on social networks within and beyond their neighborhoods, connecting with those networks to offer services is the best way to reach local residents.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations