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Health & City Services: Fighting Poverty

Under Mike Bloomberg, New York City’s welfare rolls fell 25 percent, and nearly 900,000 people moved from welfare to work. The Mayor created the Center for Economic Opportunity to find new ways to tackle poverty, and in 2011 the Center won the Harvard Innovations in American Government Award.

  • From 2000 to 2013, NYC was the only major city that did not experience an increase in its poverty rate.
  • The Child Care Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative incentivized and supported working families.
  • The Office of Financial Empowerment was the first municipal office designed to educate, empower, and protect low-income New Yorkers and help them make the most of their financial resources.