February 2021

Annual Poverty Tracker Report: The State of Poverty and Disadvantage in New York City Vol. 3

The pandemic exasperated hardship and poverty for low-income New Yorkers

Contributors: Columbia University Poverty Tracker Research Group

Issues Areas: Annual Report, Covid 19

This 2021 annual report issue of Robin Hood’s Poverty Tracker shows that before the pandemic, Black and Latino New Yorkers were twice as likely as their white neighbors to be living in poverty and more than twice as likely to experience material hardships, like affording food, rent, or medical care — disparities that have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. In 2019, more than half of Black and Latino New Yorkers lived in poverty or were low-income and in 2020, close to 60 percent of Black and Latino New Yorkers lost work or income due to the pandemic.