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Poverty/Income Inequality


Living on a low wage can be extremely difficult, yet the number of low wage jobs in metro Buffalo grew by 17% from 2004 to 2008. This means that many more people are struggling to figure out how to survive with less money. It also means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for many people to afford transportation. As the location of employment has dispersed throughout the region, transportation has become a basic need similar to food, clothing, and shelter. A recent report published by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York found that affording public transportation and access to suburban worksites were of great concern to homeless and very low wage workers in Western New York. The purpose of this policy brief is to examine the issue of transportation in the context of low wage work and to propose solutions for our region to address affordability and access.