POVERTY IS NOT ONLY A NATIONAL PROBLEM, OUR COMMUNITY FACES SUBSTANTIAL CHALLENGES.
Poverty does indeed exist in our Westchester community. Individuals and families struggle with the most basic needs. 914Cares works to bring essential resources to address both urgent needs and to end poverty in Westchester.
Our community, Westchester
When most people hear the name “Westchester County” poverty is the furthest thing from their minds. This county is equated with an abundance of wealth and resources, not a lack thereof. We’re known for our strong school systems, our quaint towns, and a significant amount of City commuters. However, you may be surprised to learn that there is a significant and unacceptable level of poverty in this county.
The challenge of poverty
Although many in Westchester are wealthy, wages remain low and stagnant for the working poor and with fixed expenses like rent and childcare on the rise, basic essentials such as clothing, diapers, menstrual and hygiene products are often the first line slashed in a household’s budget.
The Federal Poverty line for a family of four is $26,500, but numerous studies show that the actual cost of living for a family of four is closer over $80,000. How can that be? This poverty rate does not take into account things like the regional differences in property expenses, the high cost of transportation, food, child care etc. The stated poverty rate in Westchester County is 12.3%, but taking into consideration the numbers above, the reality is closer to three times that number.
FACTS ON WESTCHESTER
WESTCHESTER IS THE 8TH WEALTHIEST COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES AND NINE OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE AMONG THE TOP 100 RICHEST IN THE NATION
THE MEDIAN PROPERTY VALUE IS ALMOST 2.5 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS MORE THAN $30,000 PER YEAR OVER THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
SAD FACTS ON POVERTY IN WESTCHESTER
CLOSE TO 40% OF BABIES ARE BORN TO FAMILIES ON MEDICAID
28% OF CHILDREN GRADES K-6 RECEIVE FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
OVER 2,800 CHILDREN AND YOUTH GRADES PRE-K-12 HAVE EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS
21% RESIDENTS ARE FOOD INSECURE (HUNGRY OR AT RISK FOR HUNGER)
THERE ARE OVER 3,000 TEMPORARY HOUSING FACILITIES (INCLUDING HOMELESS SHELTERS, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, DAY SHELTERS, AND TREATMENT CENTERS)
Urgent needs and the end of poverty
914Cares is helping to fill the gap for families in need in Westchester by providing basic essentials to over 6,000 families each year. These essentials include diapers, clothing, books, baby essentials (cribs, car seats, strollers, etc), footwear, period products, hygiene products, and much more.
By meeting urgent needs today, 914Cares is investing in the end of poverty tomorrow. All across Westchester. For the well-being of all our neighbors and our entire community.