BFCW uses commonly accepted indicators of community stability to understand the needs of our target audiences and the scope of our challenges. Looking at Frog Hollow, here is what can be initially understood:
- Income: Hartford is the poorest city in one of the wealthiest states in the country. The median household income in Connecticut is $65,521; in Hartford it is $27,051, and in Frog Hollow, $17,333.
- Family Structure: Over 79% of children in Frog Hollow live in single parent households, of which 90% are headed by single mothers. Among those single parents nearly half are not in the workforce. Not surprisingly, the child poverty rate in Frog Hollow is 57.5%. In comparison, though Hartford's child poverty rate is slightly lower at 41.3% overall, it nonetheless remains the highest in Connecticut. In fact, the child poverty rate in Hartford is the second highest in the country for cities of 100,000, exceeded only by Brownsville, Texas (Child Poverty Measures in CT, Priscilla Canny and Doug Hall, CT Voices for Children).
- Employment: At 16%, Frog Hollow has the highest unemployment rate in the state. This statistic does not include individuals who have stopped looking for work or are part of a steady influx of new arrivals who have not yet begun to search. Information from the most recent US Census suggests that within Frog Hollow 50% of males over 16 and 61% of females over 16 are not in the workforce.
- Housing: The neighborhood is overwhelmingly renter-occupied (93%), and half of those renters are spending more than 35% of their monthly income on rent. This housing market is also characterized by transience: 79% of the population in Frog Hollow has moved at least once in the past five years.