Jobs & Economy

"When you are disadvantaged or impoverished, you are tiptoeing around land mines every day and it's very easy to succumb to one misstep or change in circumstance. That's why I’m very grateful for organizations like Robin Hood - working to make things easier for those in need. Less land mines."

—Jaellys Bales - Coalition for Queens


Despite rising employment rates and the economy's recovery, nearly half of New Yorkers are living at or near the poverty line. Roughly 200,000 New Yorkers are still looking for jobs on any given day. Entrepreneurs from lowincome communities lack access to capital to launch their businesses. And more than 800,000 New Yorkers do not have bank accounts. Rising rents, stagnant wages, and dwindling benefits programs have made life even more precarious for New Yorkers already on the edge.


In 2015, Robin Hood helped more than 10,000 New Yorkers secure jobs in a range of fields including retail, health care, construction, and hospitality. In addition, Robin Hood invested $3.5 million last year in financial empowerment programs, which made over 135,000 microloans to help fund fledgling businesses in low-income communities.


  • 1199 SEIU Bill Michelson Fund
  • A Better Balance
  • Accion
  • Asian Americans for Equality
  • Benefit Data Trust
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
  • Center for Immigrant Health
  • Chinese-American Planning Council
  • Coalition for Queens
  • Cooper Union
  • CUNY Prove
  • FDNY Foundation
  • Fifth Avenue Committee / BWI / Nycha
  • Fortune Society
  • Fund for the City of New York - Women's Center for
  • Education and Career Advancement
  • Grace Institute
  • Grameen
  • Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale
  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Hot Bread Kitchen
  • Immigrant Jobs Center
  • LaGuardia Community College Division of Adult & Continuing Education
  • Madison Strategies / New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Make the Road
  • Marks Jewish Community House
  • Mayor's Fund Dept. Small Business Services
  • Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women
  • NYC Helmets To Hardhats
  • Outreach Project
  • PHI
  • Project Renewal
  • Sama
  • Self Help
  • South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation
  • St. Nicks Alliance
  • Sunnyside Community Services
  • The Hope Program
  • Upwardly Global