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Title 24: Housing and Urban Development
§597.102 Tests of pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress.
(a) Pervasive poverty. Pervasive poverty shall be demonstrated by the nominating entities by providing evidence that:
(1) Poverty is widespread throughout the nominated area; or
(2) Poverty has become entrenched or intractable over time (through comparison of 1980 and 1990 census data or other relevant evidence); or
(3) That no portion of the nominated area contains any component areas of an affluent character.
(b) Unemployment. Unemployment shall be demonstrated by:
(1) Data indicating that the weighted average rate of unemployment for the nominated area is not less than the national average rate of unemployment; or
(2) Evidence of especially severe economic conditions, such as military base or plant closings or other conditions which have brought about significant job dislocation within the nominated area.
(c) General distress. General distress shall be evidenced by describing adverse conditions within the nominated urban area other than those of pervasive poverty and unemployment. A high incidence of crime, narcotics use, homelessness, abandoned housing, and deteriorated infrastructure or substantial population decline, are examples of appropriate indicators of general distress.