Teen birth rates, parental employment instability, rent burden: 18 categories that can put New York City's 1.8 million children at risk have been ranked and mapped by neighborhood, by the group Citizens' Committee for Children of New York.
Their report found that children in the South Bronx, northern Manhattan and Central Brooklyn have the greatest concentration of risk factors.
"In South Bronx, we know children are not only facing high rates of child poverty, but they're also experiencing higher rates of homelessness, rental overcrowding, their education outcomes are poorer, teen birth rates are higher," said Jennifer March, the group's executive director. "So it suggests that we need to make sure that children in these communities, where risks are present, have access to the programs and supports they need that turn bad outcomes around."
Teen girls in Mott Haven are 29 times more likely to have a baby than teens in Battery Park/Tribeca, the area with the lowest risk ranking in the youth category.
March says the chance of damaging outcomes due to one risk factor are slim, but that four or more have lasting effects on the lives of children.
One of the hopes of the report is to prepare allies for possible restrictions on federal spending on the poor.
"Nearly 20% of all NYC households rely on food stamps. That’s over 625,000 people," said March. "If they cut back on food stamps, that would have a really detrimental impact on peoples' ability on people to put food on the table."