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Income inequality in American cities is rising and economic hardship remains a prevalent concern, according to Partnership affiliates’ analysis of data from the results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released in September. The American Community Survey provides poverty, income, and earnings data from the previous year.
Social Security Works released 50 reports providing a wealth of information about why Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are critical to the financial security of seniors in your state.
The Partnership is excited to launch an exploratory initiative to ensure affordable housing in urban areas receiving public investment in transit-oriented development. We’ve seen in our affiliates’ cities that there are positive ways to influence transit-oriented development to create opportunity and prevent displacement of low income communities of color. This initiative, undertaken thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, brings together the Partnership’s ability to unite effective local campaigns and the expertise of established national housing policy organizations.
Labor Day isn’t just a picnic at The Partnership for Working Families. Partnership affiliates are in the trenches with statewide and local ballot initiatives to improve the lives of millions of working families.
(The following opinion piece written by Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 25, 2012.)
Four times, the city of San Diego has pitted city workers against private companies in a competition for the continued responsibility to provide an essential city service. All four times, the city workers have proved that they – as U-T San Diego put it last week – “provide taxpayers with the best bang for their buck.”
In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.
It’s hard to imagine or believe that in a region like New York City having access to quality food is challenging. However, millions of New Yorkers live in “food deserts,” neighborhoods in which the absence of full-service supermarkets denies residents access both to affordable healthy food and to quality jobs with decent wages and benefits.
The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) has been helping tenants in New Haven organize for better living conditions. They were recently featured in this article in the New Haven Independent:
"In New Haven, CT Carbon monoxide from faulty furnaces drove Esther Martinez and Charleen Ortiz from their homes this winter. They have since returned home as leaders of a door-to-door organizing effort to give the 300 low-income families there a voice-and place to return to-when the Church Street South housing complex is rebuilt as a mixed-income development.