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Income & Poverty

Even as DC’s economy grows, it is marked by stark racial inequalities in income, wealth, and poverty. Affording the basics, such as rent, food, and utilities is a daily challenge for many DC residents. This is disproportionately true for Black residents, one in five of whom live in poverty. Income support programs help people make ends meet and boost long-term education and health outcomes for children. By helping residents pay their bills, care for their children and possibly save for a rainy day, DC can help create more stability and a future of shared abundance.

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Large Black-White Disparities in Poverty and Income Persisted in 2021

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Tazra Mitchell

Tazra Mitchell

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Erica Williams

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Kate Coventry

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