Am I part of the problem? I would be lying to say I don’t hold some of those same stereotypes of those that want to keep certain people out of their neighborhoods. My only difference is I have lived in slums. I wasn’t fortunate to live in a house with a white picket fence growing up. So a lot of my beliefs come from what has been my reality.
There are people that have poor living conditions that aren’t able to move to better places. These people often get judged for their conditions and not as a human being. Its almost as if poor living conditions are linked to bad people that run the property value down. Which isn’t true at all.
When thinking about how expensive housing plays a hand in reinforcing wealth inequality it’s frightening. David Fink said it best “Housing is opportunity.”
David Fink, policy director at Partnership for Strong Communities, made me realize how housing is linked to just about everything.
Poor neighborhoods more than likely have schools that lack in education.
Mr. Fink brought the point up how children from towns that are considered poverty towns sometimes get the opportunity to go to schools in suburban towns. In these suburban towns the education is great. However it doesn’t change the fact that when children go back to their poverty towns where the living conditions are less than great ultimately it still limits these children opportunity given.
So the real problem is creating opportunity for all. If all children had the same opportunity to receive a quality education, we could have equality. Growth and development starts with youth. So suitable living situations could create some type of balance.
But if towns are opposed to affordable housing in there neighborhoods it will only increase the wealth inequality. It’s time to join forces!
By: Krystal Copeland