Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 244,480
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 1,123,000
EITC recipients: 1,800,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 54,500
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 531,487
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 1,202,723
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,472,299
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 459,101
Participants in all Head Start programs: 64,863
Asset poverty rate: 28.7%
Average college graduate debt: $31,139
Unbanked households: 8.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 21.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 992,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 11.4%
Women in poverty: 16.1%
Children in foster care: 20,921
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 306,035
Percent of children in immigrant families: 35%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 36%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 15
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 14.0%
Minimum Wage: $9.70
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 729,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.8%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 30.3%
Poverty rate: 14.7%
Unemployment rate: 4.8%
High school graduation rate: 77.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 84.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 59%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 35.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 4.32%
Homeless people: 86,352
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 980,000
Percent renters: 46%
Total households: 7,209,054
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,139
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 78,556

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key New York policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports