We are pleased to release this Ninth Annual New York State Poverty Report. We hope it is a useful tool for you and your community. The Report is designed to be a comprehensive resource for New York's Community Action Agencies, community based organizations, policy makers, advocates, community coalitions and the general public. While the report does not recommend specific policy or system changes, it does provide data to inform dialogue about how to address issues of poverty and income inequality. For your convenience, a key to the data is found on page two and also on page 112.
Due to changes in the Census Bureau's reporting, we are no longer able to provide three year data; we have used five year data, spanning 2010 - 2014 whenever using census report data. The Census Bureau no longer compiles three year data reports.
Another change this year is reflected in the data regarding eligibility for free or reduced cost school lunch. Many schools in high poverty districts have adopted the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which makes all students eligible for free lunch. The eligibility rates for those schools 100% which may impact county rates.