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Poverty in NYC – Even Worse than We Thought: Check Out These Just-Released Numbers!

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

There is no poor like New York City poor.

We all know it. Housing. Food. Transportation. You name it. Money just does not go far enough here.

And now what we all know is documented thanks to a recently released study, "Overlooked and Undercounted; The Struggle to Make Ends Meet in NYC” by the United Way.

In fact,

  1. More than two in five New York City households—over 940,000 households—lack enough income to cover just the necessities, such as food, shelter, health care and child care. Yet as measured by the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), less than half that number is officially designated as “poor.”
  2. Moving from statistics to people, this translates to over 2.7 million men, women, and children struggling to make ends meet in New York City.
  3. Consequently, a large and diverse group of New Yorkers experiencing economic distress is routinely overlooked and undercounted.
  4. Many of these hidden poor are struggling to meet their most basic needs, without the help of work supports (they earn too much income to qualify for most, but too little to meet their needs).
  5. To make things even worse, their efforts are aggravated by the reality that the costs of housing, health care, and other living expenses continue to rise faster than wages in New York City.

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