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African Americans see housing affordability as the top issue

Lowering the cost of health care is number two issue of importance to blacks

 

Affordable housing is the No. 1 for blacks. African Americans are 40 percent of the homeless population.

Black voters and non-registered black voters consider housing affordability their top priority, according to a survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Third Way.

Housing affordability is an especially important issue for blacks since 40 percent of the nation’s homeless population is African American, and 52 percent of families experiencing homelesnesss with children also are black, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Third Way and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies selected nine focus groups in and around Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia, publishing the findings on December 30th. Third Way and Joint Center surveyed 1,200 black people from November 14 to November 19 by landline phone, cell phone and online.

“We followed up on the qualitative research with a national survey of Black Americans that included both registered voters and non-voters,” according the survey titled “What Black Americans Want in 2020.”

The survey touches on a wide range of topics, including whether their income has improved or gotten worse, the diversity among black voters and whether blacks strongly identify as Democrats.

Blackman’s Street. Today will touch on many of these issues in the future. One of the first issues, we want to do is list17 priorities blacks consider important.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, housing affordability tops the list, followed in numerical order by:

  1. lowering the cost of health care
  2. reducing racism
  3. improving water and air quality
  4. making college more affordable
  5. creating more higher paying jobs
  6. making ends meet with one job
  7. fighting income inequality
  8. reducing taxes on the working class
  9. improving public schools
  10. creating a Medicare for All system
  11. closing the wealth gap
  12. reforming the criminal justice system
  13. strengthening gun laws
  14. providing more access to credit
  15. tackling climate change
  16. eliminating barriers to voting
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