City food programs are expanding to address food insecurity among older New Yorkers. But some advocates want a more fundamental fix: A new, public retirement savings program to give seniors more financial power.
Amid the debates about how the minimum wage or better schools might reduce poverty are a million New Yorkers who are largely beyond the reach of those policies. And one in five of them are poor.
The proposed city budget includes more than $500 million in capital funds for the city’s library systems. But with dozens of aging buildings in the branch network, the needs go deeper.
The city’s library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers’ circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems’ ability to reach potential.