Neighborhoods are important

By on July 27, 2009. Posted in . Tagged as , , , , .

Another study this week proved the wisdom of HHH’s method of placing recently homeless families in great neighborhoods. A study from the Pew Trust (see News Tribune article below) demonstrated that the neighborhood one is raised in is a primary factor in determining whether or not someone will live in poverty as an adult or not – and whether they will regress further than their parents. Helping Hand House has made a point of placing our families in homes throughout Pierce County in healthy neighborhoods, without the stigma of being a low-income project, etc. Our criteria? If we wouldn’t move our own family in there, we won’t put those in our programs there either.

Research finds that neighborhood is key to income mobility
Location keeps some lower on ladder

WASHINGTON – Researchers have found that being raised in poor neighborhoods plays a major role in explaining why African American children from middle-income families are far more likely than white children to slip down the income ladder as adults.

The Pew Charitable Trusts Economic Mobility Project caused a stir two years ago by reporting that nearly half of African American children born to middle-class parents in the 1950s and ’60s had fallen to a lower economic status as adults, a rate of downward mobility far higher than that for whites.

This week, Pew will release findings of a study that helps explain that economic fragility, pointing to the fact that middle-class blacks are far more likely than whites to live in high-poverty neighborhoods, which has a negative effect on even the better-off children raised there.

Even as African Americans have made gains in wealth and income, the report found, black children and white children are often raised in starkly different environments. Two out of three black children born from 1985 through 2000 were raised in neighborhoods with at least a 20 percent poverty rate, compared to just 6 percent of white children.

Using a study that has tracked more than 5,000 families since 1968, the Pew research found that no other factor, including parents’ education, employment or marital status, was as important as neighborhood poverty in explaining why black children were so much more likely than whites to lose income as adults.

See article here.

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