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Robin hood poverty Tracker

With funding from Robin Hood, the Poverty Tracker documents the dynamics of poverty and disadvantage in New York City. The Poverty Tracker is based on the New York City Longitudinal Survey of Wellbeing, which follows a representative panel of approximately 2,300 New York City households. The initial survey, fielded between December 2012 and March 2013, collected detailed information on income, material hardships, and family health and well-being. Following the initial survey, respondents were enrolled in a panel to be followed over time, with periodic survey modules at 3-month intervals covering topics like assets and debt, neighborhoods and program service utilization, and adult and child health. Every 3-month follow-up contains basic questions on various experiences that families may have experienced in between waves, including moves into and out of the household, gains and losses of jobs, unexpected major expenses, and large gains or losses in income. With this rich information in hand, the study seeks to understand how New Yorkers are faring over time. A second panel is now underway, which began in 2015. The second panel follows a representative panel of approximately 4,000 New York City households. Register below to access the data! 

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HISTORICAL SPM DATA

CPSP researchers have created a historical version of the Census' and Bureau of Labor Statistics' Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which dates back to 1967. The SPM improves upon official poverty statistics by taking a fuller accounting of the resources that families have at their disposal. As such, it is a useful tool for analyzing the effects of social policies on the lives of low-income families.