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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report recently that showed that children in low-income families would perform better academically if they lived in a low-poverty neighborhood.

First, high-poverty neighborhoods, which are often violent, stressful, and environmentally hazardous, can impair children’s cognitive development, school performance, mental health, and long-term physical health. Second, poor children who live in low-poverty neighborhoods and consistently attend high-quality schools — where more students come from middle- or high-income families and do well academically, parents are more involved, teachers are likely to be more skilled, staff morale is higher, and student turnover is low — perform significantly better academically than those who do not.

Although the information is not surprising, the report does evaluate HUD programs and how effective they are in moving low-income families to low-poverty neighborhoods. Three programs provide housing subsidies through housing vouchers, public housing and section 8 housing. Out of the three, providing housing vouchers is the most successful in actually moving low-income families into low-poverty neighborhoods.

The report provides a number of policy changes to allow more families to move into better neighborhoods.

However, according to residents of poorer communities in Chicago, they aren’t looking for ways to move out of their neighborhoods.

Mark Carter told RebelPundit, “We’re trying to keep homes in our communities and restore our communities,” which highlights the disparity in vision for improving the quality of life that people in poorer communities have versus the what the government feels is the solution.

“They are using programs and so called opportunity zones to force poorer black people to move into non-black communities,” Carter said, “We don’t want to leave our communities, we should have good education in our own neighborhoods.”


One Response

  1. Rachel

    There is too much gang crime in poor neighborhoods . That is not conducive for kids to learn or families to thrive. No security, no confidence, no success. Seems that the police look the other way now. If the police cracked down on these gangs and either deported or imprisoned them, the decent people in those neighborhoods would thrive better and the kids would feel safe to go to school and play outside. But with citizens who have the “no snitch” policy, how are the cops supposed to crack down? So crime becomes the self-perpetuating situation


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