As of the 2000 census, 83,946 New York City grandparents – most of them single grandmothers – were the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. In the Bronx alone, 18,970 grandparents were raising their grandchildren.
It’s a burden made heavier by the fact that about 20% of city residents 65 and older live at or below the poverty line – twice the national rate for the elderly.
The 48 grandmothers and two grandfathers who live in the 50 units in the Grandparent Family Apartments have an average income of $10,000 a year, with 30% of that income going toward their rent. All are African-American or Hispanic. full article>>