Fighting AAPI Poverty in NYC Means Bringing it into the Light

Jahajee Sisters, a Robin Hood Community Partner
  • About 27% of Asian New Yorkers faced material hardship.
  • Roughly 14% Asian New Yorkers faced serious psychological distress versus 11% of the city population.
  • On average, Asian New Yorkers reported the lowest average level of life satisfaction compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
  • Nearly half of Asian New Yorkers (47%) faced some form of disadvantage — poverty, material hardship, or health problems.
  • Among Asian New Yorkers, experiences of disadvantage — including poverty, material hardship, and health problems — were especially high among those aged 65 or older, those with a high school degree or less, and those with limited English proficiency, suggesting that policies and programs serving these populations are essential.
Credit: Connie Hanzhang Jin/NPR; Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey

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