Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 255,603
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 1,050,000
EITC recipients: 1,700,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 70,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 576,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 1,034,274
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,506,899
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 435,382
Participants in all Head Start programs: 50,575
Asset poverty rate: 28.7%
Average college graduate debt: $30,304
Unbanked households: 8.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 930,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 32%
Senior poverty rate: 11.4%
Women in poverty: 15.2%
Children in foster care: 19,702
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 87,375
Percent of children in immigrant families: 37%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 13
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 11.9%
Minimum Wage: $10.40
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 622,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5.7%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 30.1%
Poverty rate: 14.1%
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
High school graduation rate: 79.2%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 84.1%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 64%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 35.7%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 3.73%
Homeless people: 89,503
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 950,000
Percent renters: 46%
Total households: 7,304,332
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 265
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,386

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