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Social Work Think-Tank to Serve NYC Poor

NYUThe new McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy, Practice and Research at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work will examine ways social workers can better serve New York city’s poor residents. More than one out of three of the city’s 8.3 million citizens live on annual incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s $36,620 for a family of three.

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  1. And ironically while one out of three of the city’s 8.3 million citizens live on annual incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, I wonder where social workers who service these people fall in with these numbers.

    After receving the degree, maybe even the license and then left with a loan of approximately $70,000 plus (especially if you’ve attended NYU) and your starting salary $40,000, how does a social worker survive in NYC with poor salaries and high rents. What are we saying about the field and work that we do? At what point will schools recognize the disconnect between the degree and the salary making schools more affordable.

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