First, let's put poverty in context:
So, how many Staten Islanders live in poverty? (Source: US Census)
- 10.2% of individuals -- 9.9% of those over 65; 13.2% of children meet the Federal definition of living in poverty
- While only 8% of Staten Island families live in poverty, almost one in four single moms and their kids -- 23% of families with female head of household -- meet the poverty criteria. Single moms have a tough time making ends meet.
- 31% of households have less than $35,000 in income
- The mean retirement income is $19,126
We share these figures with you, not to say how bad things are on Staten Island. We know many communities are much poorer. Rather, we want you to be aware that people all around us contend with poverty every day -- the person waiting on you in the corner store, the retiree who sees their savings shrinking, never to be replaced again, the mother who doesn't risk time off from her job for parent-teacher meetings.
Today, take a minute to think about what you can do to help. Person to person, community-wide, politically, nationally, internationally. Poverty has many faces and needs many different strategies.