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Poverty Still Soaring in 2008

September 30, 2009

On Tuesday, the Census Bureau released the 2008 federal poverty statistics.  The New York City Coalition Against Hunger joined with advocates and elected officials to raise awareness of the continuing problem of poverty in New York City.

Check out these articles relaying executive director Joel Berg’s message that poverty continues to be a problem in New York City.


What is our billionaire Mayor-for-life up to, today? Oh, he has some great ideas for parking! He will make it so easy to park in New York, if you just give him one more term. Parking will be his legacy.

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Epoch Times:

NEW YORK—There’s a discrepancy between the reality of the state of poverty in New York City and the statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, according to poverty advocates.

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More and more individuals and families are headed to soup kitchens and food pantries in the Bronx because they just can’t make ends meet. The newly released American Community Survey for 2008 says more than 380,000 Bronx residents, which works out to be more than a quarter of the borough’s population, live below the federal poverty line.

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New York Times:

In a departure from the national picture, family income rose slightly in New York City in 2008 from 2007, and the proportion of poor people was virtually unchanged, according to census figures released Tuesday.

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New York Daily News:

Is New York the greatest city in the world? Without a doubt, it is for some. Although for hundreds of thousands of its residents, who seem to survive only by the grace of God in the most expensive city in the country, it may be difficult to give their hometown the thumbs up.

With all the talk that the recession has taken its biggest bite out of those in the top income brackets, it hasn’t stopped the income gap in Manhattan being the greatest of any county in the country according to new census data. Other head-scratching numbers among the wealthy recorded in last year’s census, the number of New Yorkers making over $200K rose by 19,000 and the median income among the top five percent jumped up to $857,000. The income disparities for the state also remain the largest in the nation.
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