Times Union: Commentary: On addressing childhood poverty, we can’t afford to wait


August 4, 2020

COVID-19 has stoked a simmering crisis in New York: child poverty.

Before the pandemic, New York children were more likely to live in poverty than children in 31 other states, with 19 percent experiencing poverty in 2019. Due to structural and systemic racism, child poverty among New York children of color has long exceeded 30 percent. In some New York communities, including Rochester and the Bronx, more than half of the children live in poverty.

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