The federal government’s main effort to rescue small businesses during the pandemic tended to benefit wealthier neighborhoods far more than predominantly Black parts of metro Buffalo, according to a new study by a group that researches federal policy and its implications nationwide.

The group that did the research, called Accountable US Action, said Buffalo was by no means the only place where PPP loans tended to go to white neighborhoods more so than Black neighborhoods.

“What we see nationally is an unfortunate trend,” said Derek Martin, director of allied programs at Accountable US Action. “There are disparities between which communities had access to this program and which did not – namely, that a lot of Black communities and Black-owned businesses, for a variety of reasons, did not actually obtain access to this program.”

Accountable US Action also did a nationwide study that showed the poorest congressional districts received far fewer PPP loans than wealthy ones. Kyle Herrig, the group’s president, said that’s a disparity that Congress must address if it extends the PPP program in additional coronavirus stimulus legislation this fall.