February 16, 2018. The beginning of the Trump administration initiated a tremendous wave of attacks on government poverty alleviation programs and services like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New York State has the highest income equality of all the fifty states with over 2.8 million people living in poverty. These programs and services provide immense relief for lower-income, working families and lift millions of children out of poverty.

The Congressional District Fact Sheets (CDFS) contain information about the importance of poverty alleviation and services in each of New York’s 27 congressional districts. The CDFS detail the number of constituents in each district that are enrolled in programs like Medicaid, SNAP, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing funds, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and also information about state and local taxes.

By: Melissa Krug