Circles of Greater Pittsburgh is a longstanding organization that has been fighting poverty throughout the city for years. This hasn’t been easy, as the poverty rate within the city of Pittsburgh is over 21%, according to 2019 U.S. Census data. And in Black neighborhoods, it’s even worse.
In Pittsburgh, there are white neighborhoods that face high levels of poverty, but there is little comparison to the poverty in Black neighborhoods. According to 2017 U.S. Census data, about 14% of white people live in high poverty neighborhoods in comparison to a staggering 59% of Black people.