In January 2004, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and UJA-Federation of New York published a report on Jewish poverty in the New York Area based on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2002. The New York Area is made up of New York City's five boroughs and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. The study showed that poverty among the area's Jewish population had risen in the prior decade. By 2002, there were 244,000 persons living in 96,000 Jewish households defined as poor -- with incomes below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. In addition to these poor Jewish households, the study noted that another 104,000 persons, members of 53,000 Jewish households, had incomes just above the poverty level but still below $35,000 a year and who were barely making ends meet. This report focuses on this second group â?" the â??near poorâ?? Jewish population of the eight-county
metropolitan area who experiences conditions of severe economic vulnerability. Many more Jewish New Yorkers live in circumstances of near poverty but are not included because their income is above $35,000.