Discussions Aim to Make Peoria Better for Minorities

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Conversations about moving Peoria forward are underway.

The city started talks and conversations back in December, after it was ranked the worst in the country for African Americans.

Small groups are gathering this week to continue those talks and try to come up with goals to fix the fix the problems.

Group members discussed housing, finances and segregation of neighborhoods Tuesday night, and came up with three long-term and three short-term goals to help move forward, including new affordable housing developments and better landlord training.

A push for mixed income housing throughout the city was also made so that low-income groups aren’t segregated.

The city says there’s still a lot of work that goes into making a change.

“We’ve got a lot of ideas being floated around, at the same time, we have a lot of programs that are in the community and we’re trying to find ways also of connecting the people who need the programs and finding out about the programs to people in the community,” said Stacy Peterson with the City of Peoria.

The city will hold more workshops this week, each is aimed at a different subject, and each is open to the public. They’re all held Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center on Romeo B. Garrett Avenue. 

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