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The Federal Poverty Line
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Blurred Lines Between Advocates and Adversaries

All parties in Family Court are supposed to be fighting for the welfare of the child. But chapter 3 of our Family Court investigation finds that in the adversarial format of a courtroom, players sometimes take on conflicting roles.

React, Reform, Repeat: A Round of Change Faces Family Court

In chapter 5 of our investigation of New York City Family Court, we look at past reform efforts and survey judges, lawyers, advocates and parents on how they think the system could be improved.

Flatbush Designs a Fight Against Poverty

A federal Promise Neighborhoods grant in hand, one Brooklyn organization is asking residents how best to address the causes and consequences of poverty in their neighborhood.

Report: Young NYers Face Higher Barriers To Public Assistance

A study of low-income New Yorkers under the age of 24 indicates they have trouble getting welfare benefits to which they are entitled. City officials say the report—and others that raised similar questions—suffers from poor methodology.

The Poor Have Numbers. Do They Count?

The number of low-income New Yorkers is a matter of statistics. Answering deeper questions about poverty demands drilling down deep into the lives of individual people, a few of whose stories are presented in this month's issue of City Limits.

From Blue-Collar to the Welfare Line

Walter Greene worked for a living. Then the work disappeared. Now, like thousands of other low-income New Yorkers, he navigates homeless shelter rules and the welfare bureaucracy.

One Woman's Plan to Beat Poverty

Beverly Davis has a full-time job, a family she supports and a college course to complete. She has plans to become a police officer. Public benefits are essential to her move from low-wage work to economic independence.

Sharon's Homework: Self-Sufficiency

After raising a family and burying a husband, Sharon Jones is aiming for a college degree while still looking out for her kids and battling in housing court.

What Would Help Poor New Yorkers? Take Your Pick

Low-income city residents have a long list of suggestions for how to alleviate the causes and consequences of poverty.

Obama Anti-Poverty Programs Begin to Take Shape

The president's neighborhood-based anti-poverty initiatives will soon move into a second stage. But in an era of budget-cutting, Promise Neighborhoods and Choice Neighborhoods face a steep political challenge.

Senate, Assembly Resist Cuomo Cuts To Services

Legislators want to restore many human services that Gov. Cuomo proposed cutting. But the Senate and Assembly still differ by tens of millions of dollars on social funding, and some programs still face elimination.

Cuomo's Cuts Could Hit The Poor

The tiff between Albany and City Hall over education aid isn't the only fight brewing over the governor's budget. His cuts to public assistance, homeless services and child welfare are also coming under fire.

Report: NYC's Bail System Punishes The Poor

Human Rights Watch calls on New York City to come up with a better way than putting a price on freedom for low-income defendants awaiting trial for minor crimes.

Bodega Barometer: In East Harlem, The Recession Isn’t Over

Officially, the city and national economies are out of recession. But in New York's bodegas, the evidence—in lottery tickets, food stamps and reduced sales—suggests otherwise.

Taino: 'Dream' Housing
For Poor Set To Open

From 30 years ago: Long in the making, a unique subsidized housing project finally opened its doors.

State's Working Poor Face
Low Pay And High Costs

A new report shows trends have not improved for working families. But instituting better ways to increase workers' skills and earn a living wage could help.

City's Poor Look Different
Through New Assessment

The ranks of officially poor New Yorkers grew by 4 percent overnight. It'll be a while before public antipoverty efforts adjust.

Today's Anti-Poverty Fight

The mayor's poverty-reduction initiative offers fresh thinking -- and small-scale tinkering. This synopsis of the new issue of CLI examines whether it will deliver promised results.

Water Fees Soak the Poor
To Generate City Revenue

A hefty water rate hike hits lower-income residents hardest -- and not just to pay for water use.

The United States defines the poverty line as $18,000 per year for a family of three. By this measure, over 1.5 million New Yorkers, approximately 18 percent, live in poverty. City Limits provides on-going coverage of the root causes, policy reports, initiatives, and economic conditions that affect our nation's most vulnerable population.

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Poverty Rose Slower than Thought—Is that Good News? - Neil deMause

Much-anticipated alternative statistics on poverty are out. The good news: The rate is rising more slowly than earlier numbers suggested. The bad news: It's been higher than we thought for a long time.

More Poor People=More Crime? Not Necessarily, Says Report - Jarrett Murphy

A study of the effect of housing vouchers on public safety finds no evidence that the arrival of subsidy recipients leads to increases in crime. Rather, voucher holders tend to move to areas where crime is already high.

City Hall Reacts to Jump in Poverty Numbers - Jarrett Murphy

After the Census Bureau reported a sharp rise in New York City's poverty rate, the Bloomberg administration put a positive spin on New York's performance relative to the rest of the country.

The Cheerios Index: Do the Poor Pay More for Food? - Kiera Feldman

Poverty is on the rise. What does that mean at the supermarket?

'Recovery' Year Saw Incomes Fall, Poverty Rise - Jarrett Murphy

The hangover from the recession that ended in 2009 was the worst in recent memory, with median household income falling and the poverty rate rising more in 2010 than in any post-recession year since 1970.

Recession's Pain Revealed For Hispanics, Artists - Jarrett Murphy

As new research shows alarming decreases in minority household wealth, City Limits' Arturo Conde discusses his reporting on how opera singers, poets and other creative workers have weathered the Great Recession.

Who's Afraid Of Talking About Poverty? - City Limits

The rate of poverty is on the rise, but so is a willingness to at least talk about new ideas for addressing. Representatives of the Bloomberg and Obama administrations will give their takes at an upcoming public panel.



Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00p - 9:00p

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund - Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
:p - 9:30a

2014 Development Finance Conference

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
8:00a - 6:00p



Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

By Jeff Foreman

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

Everyone knows the federal poverty measure is inaccurate. But change would create winners and losers among the states, so Congress is unlikely to demand a better one.

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

By Jennifer Jones Austin

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

"It’s not enough to help people meet their basic needs. There must be a full-scale effort to develop policies and programs that materially improve wages and earnings, educational experiences and living conditions."

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

By Michelle Holder

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

'It hurts the young. It helps too little. It boosts unemployment.' There are plenty of myths about the minimum wage. The reality is, more and more workers are working at a pay rate that puts them in poverty.



The Growing Income Disparity in New York America

The richest 1% in the United States continues to increase its share of wealth in the nation. In New York, the richest hold 44% of the city's wealth.

FDNY report on fatal fire, December 31, 1995

The fatal fire investigation report on the death of Lieutenant John M. Clancy of Battalion 50 at 149-06 97th Avenue, Queens.



Beyond CityTime

An Investigation of Private Consultants in the Bloomberg Administration

Poverty, Frozen in Time

Poverty, Frozen in Time

An exhibition of photographs by Jacob Riis and contemporaries, including some images not seen in public for nearly 100 years.

New York's Food Basket

New York's Food Basket

Courtesy MetroFocus