Robin Hood Poverty Tracker

With funding from Robin Hood , we are following a representative sample of approximately 4,000 New Yorkers to understand the dynamics of income poverty, material hardship, and health over time. This study builds on an earlier study following approximately 2,000 New Yorkers from late 2012 to early 2015. Click here to access the data and here to see results from the initial panel. Or click on any of the links below to see our reports on the data thus far.


EITC & SNAP Take-Up in NYC

Government policies and programs provide critical resources to low- and moderate-income families in need. But many eligible families do not access benefits to which they are eligible. With funding from Robin Hood, we are examining who these families are, and why they do not tap the resources to which they are entitled.

Qualitative Study of Service Use in NYC

Poverty, hardship, and other forms of disadvantage are prevalent among New York City individuals and families. Yet many disadvantaged New Yorkers don’t seek help for their problems from the community-based organizations that might help them improve their situations. We interviewed 70 members of our Poverty Tracker survey to find out why. Click here to read our brief on the key findings of the study.

Food Pantry or Food Stamps: As NYC Food Assistance Programs Grow, How Much Does Poverty Decline?

In this report, the CPSP uses Poverty Tracker data to document food insecurity in NYC and the potential impacts of increased food pantry use and SNAP receipt on the NYC poverty rate. We find that the poverty rate would fall 18% and more than 360,000 people would move out of poverty if all New Yorkers with a severe or moderate food hardship received weekly food aid through pantries or soup kitchens. Increasing SNAP take-up among SNAP-eligible households would also move over 200,000 New Yorkers out of poverty. Access the report here.