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Fort Smith Times Record: Affording Fort Smith: Rental market pushes low-income families to the brink

Southwest Times Record, June 14, 2022, Affording Fort Smith: Rental market pushes low-income families to the brink

Substandard housing, often within the price range of low-income families, can include risks to physical and mental health.

A 2019 report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition examined the risks of substandard housing including exposure to asbestos, lead and mold that can lead to serious health conditions like cancer and respiratory illnesses.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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