Reports & Research

At United Way of New York City, an important aspect of our work includes rigorous evaluation of our programs to pinpoint best practices and areas for improvement. We also support expert research on issues that impact low-income New Yorkers.  Data is used to identify challenges, make evidence-based decisions, and advocate for change.



2011 NYC Hunger Survey: Executive Summary  (October 2011)

This United Way of New York City commissioned telephone survey, conducted in August 2011, reveals that more than two-thirds of New Yorkers are concerned that they or someone they knew would have difficulty getting or paying for food over the next twelve months.  The survey also revealed concern about the quality of food available in many low-income neighborhoods.


2011 NYC Hunger Survey: Topline   (October 2011)


Final Report for the My Door Pilot   (May 2011)

Authored by Seedco, this 56-page report evaluates United Way of New York City’s My Door program, a two-year demonstration project designed to provide a comprehensive approach to promoting housing stability, economic independence and safety of families exiting the domestic violence system operated by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).


2010 New York City Self-Sufficiency Standard Report (June 2010)

Prepared by The Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement in collaboration with The New York Women’s Foundation, United Way of New York City, and the New York Community Trust, this 60-page report measures in each of NYC’s five boroughs how much a family must earn to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, taxes and other basic necessities without public assistance or help from family and friends.


Housing Help Program: Homelessness Prevention Pilot Final Report (June 2010)

Authored by Seedco, this 60-page report evaluates United Way of New York City’s Housing Help Program (HHP), a three-year pilot project to address the challenges faced by families struggling to avoid eviction and homelessness.  Designed and managed in partnership with the Civil Court of the City of New York and the New York City Department of Homeless Services, HHP was a targeted approach to providing low-income housing court litigants in danger of homelessness with holistic legal, financial and social interventions to help them avoid entering a shelter.