Here in the Lowcounty no longer can the lack of AFFORDABLE and WORKFORCE housing options be seen as an issue to be addressed only in the urban core.  Recent data shows that it will become increasingly more important that our suburban communities proactively develop housing plans to accomodate the growing number of households below the poverty level.  Innovative land uses must be adopted now to reduce sprawl and minimize the negative impacts on an already overburdened infrastructure in the future.  Housing options affordable to households at every income level should be a priority and an investment we make today in the future of our region.

 A recent Brookings Institute study shows that by 2008, suburbs were home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country. Between 2000 and 2008, suburbs in the country’s largest metro areas saw their poor population grow by 25 percent—almost five times faster than primary cities and well ahead of the growth seen in smaller metro areas and non-metropolitan communities. As a result, by 2008 large suburbs were home to 1.5 million more poor than their primary cities and housed almost one-third of the nation’s poor overall. 

Read the full report or check out the charleston_poverty_profile.