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BTC: NC Policy makers have the tools to address concentrated poverty (w/ video)

If you missed it over the weekend, NC Policy Watch Executive Director Rob Schofield had an excellent interview with Brian Kennedy of the Budget & Tax Center on the growth in communities of concentrated poverty in North Carolina.

Concentrated poverty, or an “extreme poverty neighborhood,” is defined as a Census tract where the poverty rate is 40 percent or higher.

Here’s what Kennedy uncovered in his latest report:

Although the total number of North Carolinians living in concentrated poverty neighborhoods has skyrocketed, certain groups have been disproportionally affected by this trend of growing poverty and economic segregation. From 2012 to 2016, African American North Carolinians were 71 percent more likely than Latinx North Carolinians to live in concentrated-poverty neighborhoods and 434 percent more likely than white North Carolinians. Even when income is not a factor, Black and brown North Carolinians are more likely to live in neighborhoods with concentrated  poverty. Between 2012 and 2016, 5.8 percent of poor white North Carolinians lived in concentrated poverty neighborhoods compared to 16.6 and 8.9 percent of poor African Americans and Latinx, respectively.

As for what legislators can do to reverse this trend, listen to Kennedy in the video clip below:

Our full radio podcast with Brian Kennedy can be found here.

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