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Over 1 Million Children Live in Low-Income Neighborhoods in California []


By Claudia Boyd-Barrett, California Health Report, October 15, 2019

Nearly 1.2 million California children live in low-income neighborhoods, a number that has decreased in the decade since the Great Recession, but remains troubling, researchers said in a new report.

Research has shown that the type of neighborhood low-income children live in can influence their health. Children who live in low-income neighborhoods are less likely than those in more affluent areas to have access to quality public schools, healthy food, medical care and green spaces to play, said Scot Spencer, associate director for advocacy and influence at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which released the report.

Researchers found, in an analysis of the most recently available U.S. census data, that the percentage of children living in low-income neighborhoods in California is higher than the national average.

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In Rafael’s story, he mentions that β€œPartly due to decades of environmental policies that discriminated against low-income neighborhoods, children in these areas also have a greater risk of exposure to environmental hazards such as air pollution and lead.”  I wanted to add that another health issue for children who live in areas of poverty is the issue of mold in rented homes that exacerbate asthma symptoms and trigger asthma attacks in children with asthma.  Getting rid of the mold is not easy and can be costly.  If a family rents their home, the landlord may not be willing to remove such mold without hiking rent, so families often continue to live with mold that makes their children ill.

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