The Low Income Jewish Population of New York City

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Nova Institute, October 1984

This report presents information on the low income Jewish population of New York City in the early 1980's. In broad summary, it shows that out of the total 1.1 million Jewish population of the city in 1981, nearly 77,000 Jewish individuals (38,000 households), had family incomes below the federal poverty guideline. For a family of three that meant an annual cash income of less then $7,250 in 1981. Most of New York City's poor Jews are children and working age adults, accounting for some 70 percent of all poor Jewish individuals and half of all poor Jewish households. The elderly (age 65 and over) account for about 30 percent of all poor Jewish individuals, but, because many of them live alone, about 50 percent of all poor households. The report also presents the findings of a sample survey of the Jewish poor. Among its findings are that only one household in three reported being in contact with Jewish community service agencies. The description of the Jewish poor presented in this report is intended to stimulate both public agencies and the Jewish community to improve their efforts to assist people who need help but whose needs are often overlooked, either because they have different age and living patterns from the bulk of the city's poor or because the material well-being achieved by much of the city's Jewish community leads people to the erroneous conclusion that there are no Jewish poor.

A follow-up report, "Jewish Poverty in the New York Suburbs" (1993) is available here

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Residential Patterns, Jewish Federations, Social Services, Communal Responsibility, Poverty, Employment, Demography, Jobs

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Coverage: New York , United States

Language: English

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