WDIY: Jesse Van Tol and David Bradley on Low Income Neighborhoods and Fighting Poverty | LV Discourse

WDIY, May 19, 2020: Jesse Van Tol and David Bradley on Low Income Neighborhoods and Fighting Poverty | LV Discourse

Host Alan Jennings speaks to the leaders of two national groups who are working to reinvest funds into low-income neighborhoods and fight poverty.

Jesse Van Tol is President of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a coalition of bank activists who press the financial services industry to reinvest in low-income neighborhoods. David Bradley is Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation, the national lobbyist for the network of local anti-poverty organizations like Jennings’ own Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.


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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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