Report: Gaps In Affordable Housing Among Races In Lexington

Report: Gaps In Affordable Housing Among Races In Lexington

A report released Wednesday by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission showed gaps in affordable housing among races in Lexington.
Many African Americans are living beyond their means in Fayette County.

That's according to the State of Fair and Affordable Housing Report, released by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission Wednesday.

One such person is Letha Simms, a volunteer with the Catholic Action Center in Lexington. Simms was given housing by the center after she could no longer afford to pay to live on her own.

"It's a struggle. You know...it's really rough," said Simms.

The report showed that African Americans make up about 15 percent of Fayette County's population. Of that group, the per capita income is around $16,000.

The per capita income for caucasians was listed at around $28,000.

The report said that in Lexington, of the 42 percent of renter-occupied households, only 22 percent are African American. The percentage living beneath the poverty level: 23 percent, compared to eight percent of caucasians.

But Simms said she hopes things will keep moving forward.

"It's gonna get better. Like, it hurts...but I don't give up."

For more details on housing and other gaps in Lexington, you can view the full report by clicking this link.
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