Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Increase Racial/Ethnic Equity

As the regional economy has declined, Buffalo has struggled with increasing segregation and a widening income gap. People of color in the Buffalo Niagara region are disproportionately poor and clustered in the urban centers. In our role as a community foundation, together with our donors we are uniquely positioned to address the complex, structural and attitudinal issues that contribute to these inequities.

Why it Matters:

  • Black/White segregation is especially pronounced in the Buffalo-Niagara. The region ranks as the 6th most segregated metropolitan area in the United States. White/Hispanic and White/Asian rates of segregation are also particularly high
  • People of color constitute the only growing segment of the population in the region. They are also the youngest segment of the population. New York State has the most segregated schools in the country. Schools that are attended by majority minority populations also tend to be poorer. Nearly half of public school students in New York were low-income in 2010, but the typical white student attended school where less than 30% of classmates were low income. Conversely, the typical black or Latino student attended a school where close to 70% of classmates were low-income
  • Segregation in Buffalo public schools has increased dramatically since 1989
  • In Buffalo-Niagara, incidents of racial bias in housing increased by 42% since 2005

Sources: (American Community Survey 2008-2012, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, The UCLA Civil Rights Project, US Census, 2010)

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