Child Poverty

Now is the time to cut child poverty in New York.

Join us in calling upon New York leaders to make a binding commitment, this year, to cut child poverty in New York in half in ten years by passing the Child Poverty Reduction Act (S.2755A/A.1160A). Momentum is growing around this bill. It has more than 20 co-sponsors each in New York’s Assembly and Senate.

Why this matters:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 30% of New York State’s Black children lived in poverty; due to structural, historic, and ongoing racism, Black children are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than their Non-Hispanic white peers. The recently passed federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will jumpstart child poverty reduction efforts by bringing to New York an influx of new–but temporary–supports for families, including a dramatically expanded federal Child Tax Credit, and nearly two billion in federal child care relief funds. For New York to ensure an equitable, sustained recovery that prioritizes supporting children, families, and communities now, and in the future, the time is now to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Act.

The Child Poverty Reduction Act provides New York the tools needed to reduce child poverty. It creates a public commitment to cutting child poverty in half in ten years.

Take action now to help get this bill passed and to the Governor’s desk before this legislative session ends!