The poverty rate in New York City has fallen to 19% in 2017, and that of people who are on the threshold of poverty to 43.1%, standing at figures before the economic recession of 2008, Local authorities announced Monday.

According to the director of the Office for Economic Opportunities in New York, Matthew Klein, the poverty rate has steadily declined in the city since 2013, when it stood at 20.7 percent of the inhabitants of New York, the most populated city in the United States, with 8.5 million people.

Also, according to a statement  from the Mayor’s Office, the index of people who are on the threshold of poverty has been reduced from 45.9% in 2013 to 43.1% in 2017.

Mayor Bill de Blasio considered as one of his objectives of his mandate to remove 800,000 people from poverty or the poverty line.

The mayor attributed this reduction to his social policies, among which he cited aid for day care and housing, sick leave or the recent increase in the minimum wage.

According to official data, more than 1.5 million New Yorkers have ration cards.

The families receiving these grants have an extra 230 dollars per month for expenses.

Likewise, 280,000 inhabitants of the city receive help to pay their rent and 300,000 women and children are beneficiaries of a basic food program.

“At the beginning of this term, we set ourselves the goal of ensuring that the doors of economic opportunities remain open to all the inhabitants of New York City,” said Mayor De Blasio, who became mayor in January 2014 and that in January of 2018 he began his second and last term as head of the City Council.

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