Shelley Irwin on WGVU – By Leaps & Bounds: Family Wealth & Income

The Grand Rapids area has become a highly desirable destination for many people due to its economic opportunities and quality of life. However, the opportunities – and the prosperity they offer – are not evenly or equitably available. 35% of all households in Kent County struggle with basic needs, with Black and Hispanic households far greater represented than the overall county population. As we continue examining why Normal Was Never Enough, we must acknowledge the barriers that generational inequities have created, leading to a norm where People of Color earn significantly less money and have far less assets than the median household in Kent County and what that means for our communities.

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