We are proud to announce the release of the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by
UJA-Federation of New York in consultation with the
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
Drawing on nearly 6,000 interviews, this report is the most comprehensive look to date at the needs in New York’s Jewish communities.
We encourage you to read the report and learn about the realities of Jewish poverty.
Met Council has been at the forefront of shedding light on Jewish poverty for the past 40 years. Conducted every ten years, this is one of many comprehensive studies on Jewish poverty published by Met Council and UJA-Federation:
- 2005 - Jewish Near-Poor Report
- 2004 - Jewish Poverty Report
- 2001 - Jewish Poverty in New York City
- 1993 - Jewish Poverty in New York City
- 1984 - Low-Income Jewish Population of New York City
- 1980 - Jewish Poverty Issues
Met Council has been working on the front lines of serving New York’s Jewish needy since our inception in 1972. The Special Report on Poverty confirms what we and our Jewish Community Council Network see every day: there is more need in the Jewish community today than ever before. Today, more than 360,000 people in Jewish households are poor—a 50 percent increase since 2002, and a 100 percent increase since 1991.
Today, 1 in 4 New York City Jewish households is poor and 1 in 10 is near-poor. The Jewish poor and near-poor have many faces, including Russian-born immigrants, seniors living on fixed incomes, the Orthodox, and the unemployed/underemployed. The near-poor are especially vulnerable as they struggle to make ends meet but do not qualify for most public benefits.
Met Council has responded to this extraordinary growth in Jewish poverty with unprecedented levels of services. But much more remains to be done.
Met Council will continue working with our 25 Jewish Community Councils across the city to serve 100,000 clients every year. More than ever before, the Met Council Network is the Jewish safety net and needs new resources to help individuals find immediate relief and lasting solutions to poverty.
We are extremely grateful to UJA-Federation, the Jewish Policy & Action Research team, the Jean Nerken Population Study Fund, the Green Charitable Foundation, the Kroll Kids Foundation, Susan and Scott Shay, David and Patricia B. Silvers, and Nicki and Harold Tanner for their support in making this study possible.