Press & Resources | ARCHIVE: March 2015



From 2009-2013, one in five New Yorkers lived below the poverty line. This amounts to 1.7 million poor people living in New York City households. Research by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) shows that the City’s poverty rate declined slightly between 2005 and 2008 but then increased between 2008 and 2012.

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Three religious nonprofits released the findings of a study Monday on poverty in New York City and put forward a list of recommendations that they say would reduce rates by as much as 69%.

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Three of New York City’s largest religious organizations say local poverty could be reduced by nearly 70% by adding billions of dollars in funding to several government programs.

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According to the Urban Institute—in research supported by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, and UJA-Federation of New York—that transformative reduction would be the result if New York City implemented a package of new or enhanced anti-poverty programs.

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