Local leaders call for community benefit agreement

Community leaders met with reporters to talk about the web report calling Erie the worst place to live for African-Americans.  Those leaders met with Mayor-Elect Joe Schember and others at the Saint James AME Church.  Officials are calling for a community benefit agreement that would require larger developments to maintain racial diversity. It's just one step in addressing what some see as a major problem that will take a long-term commitment to address. 

Pastor Dale Snyder, of St. James AME Church, says, "So we have some real work to do; some hard work. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon, but I think we're up to the challenge to run the marathon and we could be the model city of how you turn disparity into opportunity".

The report states that 47% of Erie's African-American population live in poverty versus 24% nationally. 


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