What is Poverty?
Quite simply, poverty is a line. A line separating all Americans by one measurement: income. Those who earn over a certain threshold live above the poverty line; those with greater financial challenges live in poverty. Currently, the line is officially $24,600 for a family of four. In New York City, it’s nearly impossible to make ends meet on that income. For those living in poverty, life’s everyday hardships create a constant struggle to survive.
Since the development of the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) in the 1960s, by the federal government, the challenges facing American families, and families in New York City in particular, have grown more complex.