The Northwest suburbs of Chicago are not historically known for poverty and/or low socio-economic families. However, The Daily Herald/WBEZ analysis from 2015 shows that the location of low-income families has shifted in the last decade and the Social IMPACT Research Center reports that in 1990, about one third of the Chicago region’s poor population lived in the suburbs. By 2011, the share of the region’s poor population living in the suburbs grew to half, meaning nearly equal numbers of people experiencing poverty live in the suburbs as in Chicago. In Palatine alone, 12.6% children are reported to live below the poverty level. In many cases, people in the suburbs may not realize the range of conditions of people living around them in the same community. Children from these families need safe, supportive places to go.
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