Brooklyn is very much a tale of two cities co-existing side by side.  Despite six figure households being the most rapidly growing demographic in the borough, median income is almost a full $10,000 less than the state average at $44,593.  The cost of living in Brooklyn is now the second highest in the nation next to Manhattan with more and more New Yorkers drawn to the borough’s “hot” new neighborhoods and thriving arts scene. Meanwhile, over one in five residents live under the federal poverty line and one third of Brooklyn families use Food Stampsto meet basic needs.

High Poverty

As high as 48% of residents here earn below the federal poverty level and 80% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch as reported by public schools.

High Unemployment

Unemployment in these communities significantly exceeds borough and city averages with 15.3% in Central Brooklyn in comparison to Brooklyn’s 10.2%. Unemployment among black males in these communities is even more pronounced at a staggering 18.3%.

Low Educational Attainment

North Central Brooklyn boasts some of the lowest graduation rates in the City with only 44% graduating high school.

Concentration of Public Housing

As high as 46% of residents in these communities live in subsidized or public housing in comparison to 18% for the borough as a whole.

At the same time, these neighborhoods are diverse and culturally vibrant destinations with a strong sense of community.  The vast majority of households are of African American, Caribbean and Latino descent with a large immigrant population representing their rich cultures. They are proud, hardworking neighborhoods with strong ties to family, faith and culture.

Who we Serve…

Our client profile reflects the demographics of the communities we serve.  


Communities Served

The Center for the Study of Brooklyn reported 32%- 48% of families in these communities are living in poverty. In these zip codes served by Diaspora as high as 46% of residents live in public or subsidized housing. Almost all of our families come to us either living at or below the poverty line. Many people are unemployed; with these neighborhoods surpassing the City unemployment rate by 3 - 4%.

97% of our families are receiving income supports; SNAP/Food stamps, Medicaid/ADAP, SSI, HASA or HRA cash and rental assistance.