Poverty in Detroit: Behind the numbers


VERY MUCH, BEN.
BE CAREFUL. BE CAREFUL.
GLAD YOU’RE WEARING A HELMET. GLAD YOU’RE WEARING A HELMET.
>>>THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS BEEN>>>THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS BEEN
CELEBRATING NEW NUMBERS ON CELEBRATING NEW NUMBERS ON
POVERTY IN THE CITY. POVERTY IN THE CITY.
THEY DO SOUND ENCOURAGING. THEY DO SOUND ENCOURAGING.
HOUSEHOLD INCOME UP, AND 35,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME UP, AND 35,000
DETROIT RESIDENTS ARE MOVING OUT DETROIT RESIDENTS ARE MOVING OUT
OF POVERTY. OF POVERTY.
OUR PAULA TUTMAN TAKES A LOOK AT OUR PAULA TUTMAN TAKES A LOOK AT
THE REALITY OF THOSE NUMBERS AND THE REALITY OF THOSE NUMBERS AND
WHAT IT MEANS TO THE PEOPLE WHAT IT MEANS TO THE PEOPLE
BEHIND THE STATISTICS. BEHIND THE STATISTICS.
>>Paula: THE REPORT IS BASED ON>>Paula: THE REPORT IS BASED ON
A SURVEY DONE BY THE AMERICAN A SURVEY DONE BY THE AMERICAN
EMPLOYMENT SURVEY. EMPLOYMENT SURVEY.
THE NUMBERS ARE GREAT FOR THE NUMBERS ARE GREAT FOR
DETROIT. DETROIT.
>>45,000 PEOPLE HAVE MOVED OUT>>45,000 PEOPLE HAVE MOVED OUT
OF POVERTY IN THE CITY OF OF POVERTY IN THE CITY OF
DETROIT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. DETROIT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS.
AND IT’S A GOOD DIRECTION. AND IT’S A GOOD DIRECTION.
>>Paula: IN DETROIT, THE>>Paula: IN DETROIT, THE
POVERTY LEVEL WAS 39.8% IN 2015. POVERTY LEVEL WAS 39.8% IN 2015.
35.7% IN 2016, 34.5% IN 2017. 35.7% IN 2016, 34.5% IN 2017.
AND 33.4% IN 2018. AND 33.4% IN 2018.
THESE ARE THE NUMBERS YOU WANT THESE ARE THE NUMBERS YOU WANT
TO GO DOWN. TO GO DOWN.
>>WE DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTE THIS>>WE DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTE THIS
POSITIVE TREND, MOVING IN THE POSITIVE TREND, MOVING IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION, TO DETROIT AT RIGHT DIRECTION, TO DETROIT AT
WORK. WORK.
WE’RE CONNECTING MORE DETROITERS WE’RE CONNECTING MORE DETROITERS
TO TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND TO TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND
JOBS, AND FCA IS A GREAT EXAMPLE JOBS, AND FCA IS A GREAT EXAMPLE
OF THAT. OF THAT.
>>Paula: UNDERSTAND THE>>Paula: UNDERSTAND THE
THRESHOLD IS $26,750 TOTAL FOR A THRESHOLD IS $26,750 TOTAL FOR A
HOUSEHOLD OF 4. HOUSEHOLD OF 4.
AND TALK APPLES TO APPLES. AND TALK APPLES TO APPLES.
WITHOUT QUESTION, THERE’S A NEW WITHOUT QUESTION, THERE’S A NEW
ECONOMIC DEMOGRAPHIC MOVING INTO ECONOMIC DEMOGRAPHIC MOVING INTO
THE CITY, YOUNGER PEOPLE MAKING THE CITY, YOUNGER PEOPLE MAKING
MORE THAN $27,000 WORKING AT MORE THAN $27,000 WORKING AT
PLACES LIKE QUICKEN AND BEDROCK PLACES LIKE QUICKEN AND BEDROCK
AND ANY NUMBER OF THE BUDDING AND ANY NUMBER OF THE BUDDING
BUSINESS VENTURES IN THE CITY, BUSINESS VENTURES IN THE CITY,
RAISING THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD RAISING THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD
INCOME. INCOME.
THE NUMBERS THE MAYOR’S OFFICE THE NUMBERS THE MAYOR’S OFFICE
ARE TOUTING HAS TO DO WITH ARE TOUTING HAS TO DO WITH
SURVEYING OF PEOPLE WHO, YEAR SURVEYING OF PEOPLE WHO, YEAR
AFTER YEAR, SAY THEY WERE MAKING AFTER YEAR, SAY THEY WERE MAKING
LESS THAN $27,000 AND SAY NOW LESS THAN $27,000 AND SAY NOW
THEY’RE MAKING MORE. THEY’RE MAKING MORE.
FEW PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO TALK FEW PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO TALK
ABOUT THEIR SALARIES WHEN AT OR ABOUT THEIR SALARIES WHEN AT OR
NEAR THE NATIONAL POVERTY LINE. NEAR THE NATIONAL POVERTY LINE.
THIS WOMAN WHO WORKS AS PART OF THIS WOMAN WHO WORKS AS PART OF
A CLEAN-UP CREW FOR CAMPUS A CLEAN-UP CREW FOR CAMPUS
MARTIUS SAID FOUR YEARS AGO SHE MARTIUS SAID FOUR YEARS AGO SHE
WAS MAKING $22,000 AND NOW WAS MAKING $22,000 AND NOW
$27,000. $27,000.
WHICH WHILE MOVING IN THE RIGHT WHICH WHILE MOVING IN THE RIGHT
DIRECTION — DIRECTION —
>>BUY MORE GROCERIES, PAY BILLS>>BUY MORE GROCERIES, PAY BILLS
ON TIME. ON TIME.
>>Paula: DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL>>Paula: DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL
BETTER ABOUT THE CITY? BETTER ABOUT THE CITY?
>>YEAH, IT DOES.>>YEAH, IT DOES.
>>Paula: SHE HASN’T QUITE>>Paula: SHE HASN’T QUITE
PULLED OUT OF POVERTY JUST YET. PULLED OUT OF POVERTY JUST YET.
>>Paula: IS YOUR FAMILY>>Paula: IS YOUR FAMILY
SITUATION BETTER? SITUATION BETTER?
>>NOT REALLY.>>NOT REALLY.
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MORE. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MORE.
>>$15 AN HOUR IS THE LIVING AGE>>$15 AN HOUR IS THE LIVING AGE
AND NOT ALL EMPLOYERS PAY $15 AN AND NOT ALL EMPLOYERS PAY $15 AN
HOUR. HOUR.
WE’RE BUILDING STRONGER WE’RE BUILDING STRONGER
RELATIONSHIPS WITH EMPLOYERS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH EMPLOYERS AND
TRY TO GET THEM TO MOVE IN THE TRY TO GET THEM TO MOVE IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION SO THAT WOMAN RIGHT DIRECTION SO THAT WOMAN
MAKES A LIVING WAGE. MAKES A LIVING WAGE.
>>Paula: SO LET’S LOOK AT THE>>Paula: SO LET’S LOOK AT THE
SURVEY ANSWERS, BECAUSE ONE SURVEY ANSWERS, BECAUSE ONE
ANSWER EQUATES TO 7,000 PEOPLE, ANSWER EQUATES TO 7,000 PEOPLE,
KEEPING IN MIND THAT MEANS ABOUT KEEPING IN MIND THAT MEANS ABOUT
A THIRD OF THE CITY’S POPULATION A THIRD OF THE CITY’S POPULATION
IS STILL LIVING AT OR BELOW THE IS STILL LIVING AT OR BELOW THE
POVERTY LINE AND THE MAYOR’S POVERTY LINE AND THE MAYOR’S
OFFICE SAID THEY’RE PROACTIVELY OFFICE SAID THEY’RE PROACTIVELY
WORKING ON PROGRAMS TO BRING WORKING ON PROGRAMS TO BRING
THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY.