The highest concentration of poverty in Durham is the section of North-East Central Durham (NECD)–home to about 3,466 people. It has a 61.4 percent poverty rate, with annual incomes there averaging $10,005 per person. It is time to make Poverty a Priority and to complete the work started by Mayor Bell and bring a new renaissance to the people in areas that are in the greatest need.
– Farad Ali, Candidate for Mayor 2017


Poverty is the major issue of my campaign because it is at core the principle threat to economic independence, health and productive futures for children, youth, families as evidenced by the statistics above. We as a community and as leaders can no longer neglect or gentrify or fuel the racial divide and inequities that exist and persist—we must aggressively face the complexity of poverty—jobs, housing, education, transportation, childcare, safety and health and build and invest communities so that all citizens have a path to greater economic mobility and quality of life.

  • Change the charge of the Mayor’s task force to a Commission.
  • Expand engagement of city/county/community/civic and business leaders and elected officials with citizens, the faith community and organizations working collaboratively on initiatives.


  • Child poverty rate birth to 5 years of age in Durham is approaching 30%
  • Adult poverty rate: 18%
  • 50% of young children live in low-income households
  • 17.3% of the population in Durham County, NC (288,480 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14.7%.
  • The largest demographic living in poverty is Female 25-34, followed by Male 35-44 and then Female < 5.
  • The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Durham County is Black or African American- 47.7%, followed by White-33.6% and Hispanic or Latino- 24.7%.

Source 2015 Census-DATA USA, Durham Partnership for Children