The Mayor’s 144-page Anti-Poverty Commission Report was released today (PDF). There is a lot to take in…
The stark reality is that, conservatively estimated, over 25% of the city‘s residents now live in poverty, as defined by the federal government, compared to 21% in 1990 and 18% in 1969. For children, the picture is even more disturbing: nearly 39% of the city‘s children now live in poverty, compared to 24% in 1969.
This Commission makes five Top Tier recommendations for high-impact policy actions which, taken together, have the potential to make a significant dent in poverty in the City and improve the quality-of-life of all residents.
- Investing in workforce development targeted towards low-skilled and long-term unemployed and underemployed residents, while integrating workforce development with economic development strategies.
- Developing an effective educational pipeline that prepares Richmond Public Schools graduates for either college or the work force.
- Recruiting or developing one or more major employers capable of creating hundreds of jobs accessible by underemployed Richmond residents.
- Creating a regional rapid transit system, so as to make thousands more jobs accessible to metropolitan Richmond residents by effective public transportation and better link the regional economy together.
- Achieving the redevelopment of much of the city‘s public housing stock without involuntarily displacing residents, with the aim of weakening the concentration of poverty and improving the physical and social environment of public housing residents.
North of the James River, all census tracts with a poverty population of at least 35% are located east of the Boulevard; south of the James, all such tracts are located south and east of the Midlothian Turnpike. The Council districts with the most poor residents living in highly concentrated poverty areas are the 6th (Gateway; roughly 10,000 persons), the 8th (Southside; about 4,000 persons) and the 7th (East End/Church Hill: roughly 4,000 persons).
TAGGED: Dwight Jones