Houston is one of the nation’s most prosperous cities.

Yet one in four Houstonians lives in poverty.

Poverty doesn’t affect everyone equally.


If you’re African American or Latino in Houston, you’re three times more likely to be poor.

Single mothers face equally difficult odds.

Inequality starts young


of Houston’s children live in poverty.

By fifth grade, they are half as likely to meet state standards for math or reading as their higher-income peers.

The Equity Task Force

provides analysis and recommendations for impactful action to increase equity.