Families deserve housing options Essay

Democrat and Chronicle


Families deserve housing options


Monica McCullough

Home matters.

Your choice of where to live is one of the most important decisions you make to determine your family’s quality of life.

Deciding what school district your children will attend, what neighborhood in which you will invest, and what house you will call home is a rite of passage for families that sets the course of their future.

Unfortunately this important choice is often unavailable to members of our community who live in poverty. In the city of Rochester, poverty is concentrated at a level higher than anywhere else in New York state. Our community, valued for its high quality of life, revolves around a hidden urban core that houses so many people struggling to make ends meet that we have become the fifth poorest city in the United States. The simplest opportunity available to families to escape this oppressing environment — the choice to live somewhere else — is severely limited by the lack of affordable housing for families that is located in the suburbs of Monroe County.