New York's Poorest Citizens Benefit From Improvements

A report released by the Community Service Society of New York is showing that, since 2014, residents who have experienced at least three indicators of hardship-including trouble paying rent, food insecurity, insufficient access to medical care or transportation - has declined to 34 percent, a difference of 16 percentage points.

In the summer of 2016, 1,717 participants were surveyed, with 1,079 of them reporting as low-income.

Among the “near poor”- families with incomes that are between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level - the percentage facing hardships dropped from 41 percent to 27 percent. The share of New Yorkers who have experienced job loss dropped to 17 percent in 2016, a drop from nearly 25 percent over the past three years.

These improvements were attributed in part to the nation’s economic recovery, as New York City gained 292,000 jobs since 2014. They can also be attributed in part to progressive measures implemented in the city and state over the past few years, including the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, mandated increases in minimum wages, rent freezes, and the expansion of paid sick leave.

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