Pervasive, long-standing, deeply rooted poverty is the greatest crisis the Rochester area has ever faced. Without a new approach, it will continue to get worse.Our work attackspoverty at its root causes, addressing the systems that have perpetuated poverty and the structural racism that underpins these systems.
Helpful resources to understand poverty
Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash
“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one:
guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.
Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History
In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.
• Read “How Segregation Shapes Fatal Police Violence” at https://n.pr/2Ic6A1Q
• Read or listen to: “‘The Color Of Law’ Details How U.S. Housing Policies Created Segregation” at https://n.pr/2HgqATh
How America's justice system is rigged against the poor
There are invisible cages that extend far beyond prison walls.Every year, more than 600,000 individuals are freed from America’s jails and prisons.But many of America’s formerly incarcerated people face numerous obstacles when integrating back into public life once free, according to Wes Caines and his former colleagues Scott Hechinger and Hannah McCrea at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender service in New York City.