WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
An inadequate supply of affordable housing for low-income families often results in social, racial, and economic segregation. Specifically, a high housing-wage gap can lead to increases in the concentration of poverty. Residents living in areas of concentrated poverty tend to have fewer opportunities for employment, less access to quality education, and less safe neighborhoods. Neighborhood affluence is also one of the most powerful predictors of physical health.[i]
[i] C. Browning and K. Cagney, “Moving Beyond Poverty: Neighborhood Structure, Social Processes and Health,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44 (2003): 552-571.