Housing insecurity is fundamental to poverty across the united states, after a decade of the recession. Rochester and Monroe County face the reality of these problems, with the percentage of the rent-burdened household increased from 59.2% to 61.6% since 2008.
The statistics show Rochester is the amount the top ten most miserable cities in the united states, ranking on the list as the 5th most impoverished cities.
The city has a poverty rate of 33.8%, with 31% of its citizens struggling to make a living and over 60% of its residents fall below the “financial self-sufficiency.”
Analyzing the poverty data in Rochester puts a lot of its residents in rank not enough to qualify for government help, leaving families to struggle in working two to three jobs to pay for high-cost of the housing.
This housing crisis of instability had led to many evictions in our city and across the country.
In Dr. Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize bestseller: poverty and profit in the American city, he explains how housing instability and eviction destroys and destabilize families and communities.
As our commitment to contribute to bringing the solution to poverty and housing instability in our communities, RBC attended the provoking thought conference held in Rochester.
In his speech, he made mention that insecurity of housing and eviction in America has a link with structural racism and the highest concentration of poverty and resource disparities in our community, defined by historical, government sanctioned and racial segregation.
In an effort of reducing poverty in our region, Rochester -Monroe anti-poverty initiative (RMAI) has committed to addressing housing with its four recommendations specific to house. For more information on Rochester -Monroe anti-poverty initiative, click this link https://www.uwrochester.org/.