Since its initial launch in the spring of 2014, we've recently finished updates to the Poverty Tracker
. The tool, built with Robin Hood
, shows how the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) underestimates the number of New York City residents suffering from financial poverty, material hardship, and health challenges. The recently developed Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM
) gives a more accurate depiction of what it means to live in poverty by considering location, modern-day spending habits, and varying sources of income. The latest update incorporates new survey results from Columbia University
and Robin Hood to show how poverty is related to health and neighborhood services.