36% “Just Getting By”

Melissa Bailey PhotoA third of New Haveners in the city’s poorest neighborhoods report are barely making ends meet, and 15 percent are finding it difficult to pay the bills.

That’s one insight gleaned from a new survey conducted last fall by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health. CARE hired 20 outreach workers to poll 1,295 residents in six “low-resource” neighborhoods: Dixwell, West River/Dwight, Fair Haven, Hill North, Newhallville, and West Rock. Surveyers knocked on doors and asked people about their eating habits, chronic diseases, and behavior such as smoking—as well as economic stressors that may affect health.

Click here to read the initial findings.

Mario Garcia, the city’s health director, said the findings were “no surprises” in the data, but that they will inform how the city allocates money on health-related programs. And they will help the city make a case for outside funding for New Haven’s health needs.

CARE and community groups will be discussing the results from 6 to 7:30 p.m., along with free childcare and healthy dinner, at the following locations:

West Rock & West Hills
Monday, March 11
Brennan Rogers School
199-200 Wilmot Rd.

West River & Dwight
Tuesday, March 19
Augusta Lewis Troup School
259 Edgewood Ave.

Fair Haven
Wednesday, April 10
Clinton Avenue School
293 Clinton Ave.

The Hill
Thursday, March 21
John C. Daniels School
569 Congress Ave.

Dixwell & Newhallville
Wednesday, March 27
Wexler-Grant School
55 Foote St.

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