Annie Barnes, 67, is keeping extra busy in her golden years raising her grandchildren, Shakela Sparrow, 15, and Alonzo Gathright, 17.

Annie Barnes, 67, is keeping extra busy in her golden years raising her grandchildren, Shakela Sparrow, 15, and Alonzo Gathright, 17.

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>>

Source: NY Daily News (Karen Angel , 06/21/2010)

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