Wendy receives $745 a month in Social Security disability for low vision and borderline personality disorder.
She receives $79 a month in SNAP benefits. Wendy says living with violence on Quincy’s north side is like a little Chicago.
The Census Bureau defines a census tracts of “high poverty density” as any tract that has 20 percent or more residents living in poverty.
“The critical issue is competent and honest government to plan and attract funding for necessary infrastructure and transport. Without government integrity and commitment to long-term projects in the national interest, corrupt officials or vested interests often hijack development. Removing unnecessary red tape (e.g. simplifying building permit procedures) is fine if leaner administration can still block 'predator' development which, while it perhaps attenuates housing affordability in the short term, can lock precincts into impoverished development trajectories, accentuating risk polarization (flood, earthquake and disease). In short, the real issue is increasing the supply of sustainable housing to support productive communities. It involves leadership, governance and competent planning regimes which actually listen to and advocate for people, not just rich ones. - Simon Huston, Royal Agriculture University.