I found this documentary I saw on PBS very interesting.
It confirmed my belief that people outside a community often have a very distorted view of that
community (BTW I normally hate the use of the word "community" these day
but in this case it's the correct word to use).
If we want Government to help people we should just give them money, make a good environment for jobs to form and maybe provide adequate police protection and public goods. Other ideas often seem better than giving cash, like we should make sure that they buy food so we give food stamps, but we don't know enough about other lives nor do we want to spend the time to find out for those to be better.
We see a place like Cabrini Green on the news when things go wrong there but we do not see the day to day living. the relationships etc.We end up with a distorted view of life there and we can do more harm than good.