Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Robin Hood has supported hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives.
Robin Hood holds steadfast to a single mission: improve the lives of New Yorkers in poverty and dismantle any barriers to opportunity confronting them. We achieve this through creating and investing in programs that provide low-income individuals with critical resources and support services. These services include assistance with affordable housing, avoiding eviction, obtaining legal assistance, obtaining quality food, and enrolling in public benefits. We offer job training and placement, and help new and small businesses become financially sustainable. Robin Hood also works to provide immediate relief to needy individuals and families in times of natural disaster and other crises. All of Robin Hood’s programming targets the needs of low-income individuals and families.
Poverty is an issue faced by people of various ethnicities and backgrounds. Our programs support both adults and children struggling with the hardships that accompany a life in poverty. Of the 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty, it is estimated that nearly half are immigrants and their children. It is also evident that a significant portion of the population we serve are Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian. A number of our constituents can also be identified as LGBTQ and Veterans.