With the cost of living rising at nearly three times the rate of wages, 2.5 million working-age New Yorkers are struggling to provide food, housing and other basic necessities for their families.
Since its introduction in 2000, The Self-Sufficiency Standard for NYC has shifted the conversation from poverty to self-sufficiency and informed advocacy efforts, such as expanding tax credits for working households, reducing fares for low-income riders, and reforming New York’s equal pay laws and policies. Yet the most recent update shows that 40% of households still do not make enough money to make ends meet.
The households living below self-sufficiency face complex and interdependent challenges, so the solutions must be coordinated and interconnected.
Join us for a brief presentation highlighting the findings of the updated research: United Way of New York City, The Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement, City Harvest, and The New York Community Trust released “Overlooked & Undercounted: The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York City,” a study that determines the amount of income a working family of a specific composition must earn to meet its basic needs without public or private assistance. The presentation will be followed by a panel of cross-sector stakeholders reflecting on how to move from ideas to action.
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