Mayors Across the Nation Share Concerns About Poverty and Housing Affordability, New Survey Reports

The recently released 2016 Menino Survey of Mayors revealed that mayors – regardless of party affiliation – rank socioeconomic issues, such as poverty, housing affordability and income disparities, as their top policy priorities. According to the survey, which is based on interviews with 100 mayors from 41 states, mayors are deeply concerned about urban poverty and the economic challenges facing their low-income residents, including unequal transit access, racial wealth gaps and the lack of middle-class jobs for those without a college degree. Nearly half (45 percent) of the mayors interviewed stated that poverty is their top issue, with 20 percent of mayors believing that the single best solution to address poverty is to address affordable housing concerns.

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