Poverty Information Library
New York’s poverty rate has climbed to 15.1%
according to the American Community Survey (2009-2011 three year estimates).
While New York has the 25th highest poverty rate in the United States,
in actual number of individuals
living in poverty, New York ranks fourth.
Females, people of color and children continue to be at higher risk of poverty.
37.6% of female-headed households with children live in poverty in New York State.
Median income for a male with a high school diploma exceeds that of a female with a high school diploma
an average of $10,000, with nearly double that difference in some counties.
Poverty disproportionately impacts people of color— 25.8% of Latinos and 23.0% of African
Americans live in poverty compared to 10.9% of White New Yorkers.
Child poverty rates in upstate cities continue to climb - approximately half of children living in
Buffalo (46.6%), Rochester (50.4%) and Syracuse (49.0) live below the poverty line.
"In order to stimulate a national dialogue on poverty and opportunity, the Spotlight website offers current press coverage, commentary and debate, and the policy options. Recent reports, analyses, and data on poverty and opportunity will be profiled on the site and readily available to policy makers and thought leaders. "...from Spotlight on Poverty
"The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals."
"The Center conducts research and analysis to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty."...From Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
A comprehensive, in-depth view of every aspect of New York state's economy, with a focus on central concerns including the wage-productivity gap, worker benefits and social insurance, economic polarization, poverty levels and the difficulties families face when trying to lift themselves out of poverty.
This fact-filled report focuses on the following:
- Federally established poverty threshold guidelines
- Minimum wage as mandated by federal/state legislation
- Living wage as a realistic indicator of costs in Putnam County
RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) are sister organizations that, together,
are a leading force in ending poverty in the United States and around the world.
We create long-term solutions to poverty by supporting programs that address its root causes - lack of access to medical care,
education, or opportunity to move up the economic ladder. We do this by empowering ordinary people to become extraordinary
voices for the end of poverty in their communities, the media, and the halls of government. The collective voices of these passionate
grassroots activists, coordinated with grass-tops efforts driven by our staff, leverage millions of dollars for programs and improved
policies that give low-income people the tools they need to move out of poverty.
The Census Bureau reports poverty data from several major household surveys and programs. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) is the source of official national poverty estimates. The American Community Survey (ACS) provides single and multi-year estimates for smaller areas. The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) provides longitudinal estimates. The Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program provides model-based poverty estimates for counties and school districts. See Description of Income and Poverty Data Sources to determine which survey or program meets your specific needs.
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.
The Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) administers three separate programs designed to address the nationwide shortage in affordable housing. The HOME Investment Partnerships, Self-Help Homeownership (SHOP), and Homeownership Zone programs bring federal resources directly to the state and local level for use in the development of affordable housing units, or to assist income-eligible households in purchasing, rehabilitating, or renting safe and decent housing.