The New York Times published an article today on a new study from the Brooking Institution that shows rising poverty in the New York suburbs. How does this relate to the NYC RGB? The Times reports that one of the leading factors behind this phenomenon is the disappearance of affordable housing in the city.
"Christopher Jones, vice president for research of the Regional Plan Association, blamed higher housing prices for the demographic shift. The rising cost of shelter pushed poorer people out ofNew York's rent regulations were spurred by an urgent "housing crises." That crises continues to rage today, and is causing working and middle class households to leave the city in search of lower cost options. If New York City hopes to retain these residents and workers, it must consider the impacts of high rent increases for rent stabilized apartments, and issue the lowest possible guideline in 2013.
Manhattanand Brooklyn, in particular."
Here's the article that appeared in today's New York Times:
By SAM ROBERTS
The suburbs, which in 2000 accounted for 29 percent of the region’s poor people, a decade later were home to 33 percent of metropolitan New Yorkers living below the federal poverty level, according to an analysis of the latest census results.
The analysis, released on Monday by the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution, also found that while the number of poor people in
New York City and declined by 7
percent, or 120,000, the number in the suburbs rose by 14 percent, or 100,000,
from 2000 to the census’s rolling 2008-10 American Community
The poor have typically been concentrated in big cities and rural
Increasing poverty in the America New York metropolitan
area’s historically affluent suburbs mirrored a national trend detailed in the
analysis, “Confronting Suburban Poverty in ” by
Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program, and Alan
Berube, a deputy director of the program. America
The first decade of the 21st century was a tipping point, the authors wrote. Suburbia, they said, is now home to the “fastest-growing poor population in the country.”
New York and ’s combined share of poor people in the
region dipped from 71 percent to 67 percent, the cities were home to twice the
800,000 or so people who officially qualified as poor in the suburbs in
“It seems like as the city prospered and got more expensive over the 2000s, poverty crept up in a lot of the region’s older suburban communities,” Mr. Berube said.
“It might not have been people moving from city to suburban neighborhoods per se, but as the region creates more low-wage jobs, and attracts more new immigrants, low-income households that in the past might have located in the Bronx or Brooklyn are now settling in places like northern
New Jersey and
“It’s telling that the city’s ‘suburban’ borough,
is the only one that saw its poor population increase over the
Christopher Jones, vice president for research of the Regional Plan Association, blamed higher housing prices for the demographic shift.
The rising cost of shelter pushed poorer people out of
Also, he said, a smaller percentage of workers from suburban areas like
were commuting to high-paying jobs in , and the jobs that were in their
hometowns were at shopping malls, in health care and in landscaping, and
generally paid less. Manhattan
At the same time, tenants were doubling up and living in illegal apartments.
Dozens of smaller cities, townships and boroughs registered double- and even triple-digit increases in their poverty rates over the decade.
Among the places where the population of poor residents increased since 2000 were, in New Jersey, Bayonne, Bergenfield, Clifton, Edison Township, Garfield, Hoboken, Hunterdon County, Lakewood, Linden, Mount Olive, New Brunswick, Passaic, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Raritan, Summit, Teaneck and Woodbridge; on Long Island, Brookhaven and Glen Cove; in Westchester, Ossining; in Putnam County, Carmel; and in Rockland County, Ramapo.
Poverty rates increased in some places even after the recession officially ended in 2009, according to the Brookings analysis, but the poor population declined from 2000 to 2010 by 11 percent in Brooklyn and by 10 percent in
It rose 18 percent on
According to federal guidelines, the current poverty level for a family of four is annual income below $23,350.