Our Just and Equitable City
The City is committed to making New York more equitable and inclusive and ensuring that opportunity exists for all. To make this vision a reality, in the past year the City has launched new initiatives and expanded existing ones.
A main focus has been on creating jobs and increasing income, particularly for low-income New Yorkers. The City has been working steadily to achieve the goal announced by the mayor last year of creating 100,000 well-paying jobs over the next decade. As a result of increases in the minimum wage—among other factors—poverty and near poverty rates have declined significantly since this administration took office in 2014 and the City has made substantial progress toward its commitment to lift 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty or near poverty in a decade.
The City has also made a priority of increasing the availability of affordable housing in all five boroughs. It is ahead of schedule toward the announced goal of building or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing in ten years. Last fall the mayor announced an expansion of that initiative, raising the goal to 300,000 units.
In education, the City is building on the success of Pre-K for All by launching 3-K for All, which will eventually make free, high-quality pre-k available to all three-year-olds in the city.