Poverty / Income Inequality Take Action

Poverty and inequality are the worst problems afflicting Buffalo Niagara, and the primary cause of most of the others. While poverty rates in the region as a whole are roughly average, the city of Buffalo consistently ranks as one of the poorest in the nation. Any conversation about revitalization must begin with poverty, and, in particular, with concentrated, racialized poverty. Effective poverty-fighting tools include tax relief for people with low incomes, living wage policies, and protection from predatory lending and other exploitative practices.

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February 1, 2019

Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop Request for Proposals, 2/8

The 10th annual Poverty Research Workshop will take place on Friday, April 5th from 8:30am-12pm at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Auditorium, 1 Lafayette Square. Hosted by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Partnership for the Public Good, and Buffalo Commons, the event is …

October 22, 2018

WBFO News: "Employment racial disparity persists among minorities"

"Things are looking good on the jobs front as unemployment rates have been on a national downswing. But, local experts say it’s not all good news. In Erie County, research shows, black and hispanic unemployment rates are higher than national averages. It’s orientation day for a new crop …

October 15, 2018

New Fact Sheet on Rental Housing Costs in Buffalo

Our new fact sheet summarizes the data currently available on the changing costs of rental housing in Buffalo, NY. It explores six data sources for rent figures and what each one can tell us about Buffalo’s rental market. The sources include U.S. Census data, online rental listing sites, …

April 27, 2018

Advocates call for bail reform after report shows cash bail used in more than half of cases

Published on WIVB.com4 By: Ali Ingersoll Updated: Apr 26, 2018 06:22 PM EDT

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Home Stability Support: Christine Slocum on The Public GoodFebruary 19, 2019, 7-7:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Christine Slocum of the Homeless Alliance of WNY discussing Home Stability Support legislation.

Mona's House: Kelly Galloway on The Public GoodJanuary 29, 2019, 7-7:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

  Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Kelly Galloway, founder and director of Mona's House, Buffalo's first restoration home for human trafficking victims. She will discuss the global human trafficking crisis and her work, challenges, and successes here in …

2019 Community Agenda Preview: India Walton and Jessica Gilbert on The Public GoodJanuary 15, 2019, 7-7:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from India Walton, Community Organizer at Open Buffalo and Jessica Gilbert, a Research Associate at PPG as they preview a few issues voted on to the 2019 Community Agenda by our partners. Learn more at the rollout event this Friday. Listen, and then …

Coerced Work, Prison Labor, and Workfare: Professor Erin Hatton on The Public GoodDecember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Professor Erin Hatton, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo. Professor Erin Hatton will be discussing different issues centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Erin Hatton and her research on coerced work, …

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The Geography of Poverty in Erie and Niagara Counties
Rental Housing Costs in Buffalo
Racial Disparities and Homelessness in Western New York
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