Poor in Wealthy Neighborhoods Miss Out on Services: Report

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dozens of parents, daycare providers and others showed up at a Cty Hall Wednesday to protest cuts to subsidized childcare. (Karly Domb Sadof/WNYC)

As the city targets where to keep subsidized child care and after school programs, public housing developments in wealthy neighborhoods are getting overlooked, according to a report by United Neighborhood Houses.

The report estimates 77,000 public housing residents are living in what the city has deemed as low-need areas for subsidized child care and after school programs. The developments in wealthy districts include the Eliot Houses in Chelsea and the Amsterdam Houses near Lincoln Center.  

“We're talking about subsidized childcare and subsidized after school [programs]. They cannot afford to pay market rate for these services even if they happen to be living in a wealthy area,” said Nancy Wackstein, executive director of United Neighborhood Houses. The group advocates for settlement houses which hold some city contracts for after school and child care programs.  

Wackstein argues that someone living in public housing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is just as needy as someone living in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The city is slated to cut 8,200 childcare subsidies and 24,000 — or nearly half of all —after school slots in fiscal year 2013.

Last year, funding was restored at the last minute for many programs.

Wackstein said this year the dimensions of the problem are much larger, especially when it comes to after school programs.

The Administration for Children’s Services, which oversees the city’s subsidized child care, said in a written statement that its priority is to place subsidized child care where most low-income families live making it easily accessible for them. The agency said beyond looking at child poverty rates in an area, it also considered concentrations of subsidized housing.

The Department of Youth and Community Development said when deciding where to fund after school programs, it considers data on youth in poverty, as well as the number of non-English speakers. The agency said 30 percent of funding would still go to neighborhoods deemed as low priority.


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romaakter002 from united state

great tips. Its amazing how many parents do not take their children outside at all. Walks are so healthy and so fun for the kids (and the workers!)

please follow this link
find child care

Sep. 27 2012 09:16 AM
Jennie the Accountant from Long Island

@Taxed: This isn't the welfare crowd... these are low and middle income people that qualify for subsidized child care. The part you are missing is that these people WORK and they pay taxes - payroll taxes & sales taxes.

And folks like you have to realize what exactly it means not to pay federal income tax. The 50% of American's who "aren't paying income tax" are working and paying taxes out of their paychecks, but since they don't make a lot of money and qualify for tax credits (child tax credit, dependent care credits, etc.) their taxable income is zero on their tax returns. When that happens, the IRS refunds them whatever federal tax was taken out of their paychecks.

Its also worth noting that there are many rich people who also don't pay taxes because of the many loopholes afforded to them that reduces their taxable income to little or nothing.

Apr. 17 2012 10:59 AM

The welfare crowd that isn't paying federal income tax isn't getting all the things that the taxpayer crowd is getting? How unfair is that?

Apr. 16 2012 09:03 PM

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