Poverty continues to be one of Rochester area’s biggest challenges

Poverty continues to be one of Rochester area’s biggest challenges

Childhood poverty continues to be one of Rochester area's biggest challenges, ACT Rochester's latest community report card revealed.

ACT Rochester is the Rochester Area Community Foundation's five-year-old initiative that aims to better inform the authorities about the area's systemic issues and improve the community's approach to solving the issues.

The report includes facts and stats about various issues on nine counties, viz. Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Seneca, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming, Wayne and Yates.

According to the recently released report, the rate of childhood poverty was relatively stable for all the Rochester area's nine counties, but it jumped 4 per cent in the region over the past couple of years, reaching 50 per cent. It means every other child in the city of Rochester is living below the poverty line.

Ann Johnson, the executive director for ACT Rochester, said the problem in the city of Rochester is much scarier than the rest of the region.

Speaking on the topic, Johnson added, "We need to call each other on not doing the same old thing. We need to call each other on doing what's right for the community, and not just what's right for us parochially."

The poverty rate among African-American children in the region as a whole was recorded at 48 per cent and 41 per cent among Hispanics, as compared with just 13 per cent among whites. The report also revealed some other worrying figures, such as the average salary for the region was $44,100 in 2013, significantly lower than the state average of $48,300 (excluding NYC).

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