|Increases in Poverty, 1970-1980
Map showing areas with substantial increase in poverty, 1970-1980. Tom Brune and Eduardo Camacho published A Special Report: Race and Poverty in Chicago in 1983 in which they documented that 1980 census data showed that one in five of Chicago's residents lived below the poverty line, an increase of 24 percent since 1970. This map, adapted from a more detailed presentation in their study, shows the parts of the city where the poverty rates increased by at least 10 percent. During the harsh winter of 1983-1984, public and private agencies were forced to address the problems of the city's homeless population, estimated then to be as many as 25,000.
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