Neighborhoods are where we find many of the opportunities that shape our lives – specially the lives of young people. Too often neighborhoods with high poverty are deficient in the opportunities that can produce positive social, economic, educational and health outcomes for their residents. Such outcomes not only directly impact the people of those neighborhoods, but also the entire District.
High-poverty neighborhoods are typically defined by extreme levels of racial and economic segregation. These neighborhoods often lack such resources as high performing schools, grocery stores, banks, parks and safe places to play, and adequate public transportation. These community factors put families at higher risk for a range of negative outcomes—poor employment opportunities, academic achievement, physical and mental health, amongst other things.
When we reduce poverty, we will see neighborhoods that are stronger and safer than ever before.