Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 384,319
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: 578,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 1,449,826
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 2,437,584
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 484,486
Participants in all Head Start programs: 64,863
Asset poverty rate: 32.9%
Average college graduate debt: $27,822
Unbanked households: 8.5%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.2%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 1,011,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 12%
Women in poverty: 14.0%
Children in foster care: 22,975
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 324,664
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: 16
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 6.9%
Food insecurity: 14.0%
Minimum Wage: $9.00
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 771,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 30.3%
Poverty rate: 15.4%
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
High school graduation rate: 77%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 84.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 61%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 34.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 5.31%
Homeless people: 80,590
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 904,529
Percent renters: 46%
Total households: 7,255,528
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 2,139
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 77,500

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