Displacement in Los Sures

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Percentage of residents of zip code 11211 (age 65 or older) living in poverty. [16]

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Medicaid 2016 Qualifying Income & Resource Levels (New York State) [25]

  However, it’s not just the elderly population that experiences these barrier issues with public assistance programs; families in Los Sures are being hit hard as well. Denise says, “When we were younger, a house could run off one person’s income. The father would work and the mother would generally be the housewife. She would take care of the kids, take care of the household, take care of dinner - all the stuff that you know, is all 'women stuff.' Quoting that because it’s not, but anyway. You could run a house like that. Now you need two people working, plus welfare or whatever, to help you.” [26] Adrienne joins in with, “Welfare, SNAP benefits, Medicaid. My job title is 'Service Coordinator' and what I do is basically help these families get these benefits because now living is becoming impossible with the income that they’re receiving. So now, the husband has to work, the mother has to work. If the mother has children above the age 18, they have to find a job and they have to work. So, at the same time as they’re working, they’re receiving their regular income, it’s still not enough at the end of the day because the prices of things went up. For example, a gallon of milk used to be $2.50 and it jumped up to $4, so now they have to apply for food stamp benefits. TANF, which is basically cash assistance and then you have public assistance to help pay for the bills if you can’t afford it. People are applying for one-shot deals. So you know, social work, the job of a social worker is booming now because of all these people with all these needs.” [27] Families with children are experiencing the burdens of rising prices that come in conjuction with rising property values based Williamsburg's increase in popularity.

     Denise cites herself as an example of displacement. Once a resident of Los Sures, Denise now resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant for its lower living costs. She says she didn’t want any help, meaning government assistance, and now must call a different neighborhood her own. “I might’ve moved out of here, but it’s not that I wanted to, it’s that I couldn’t afford to live around here. If I could’ve, I probably never would’ve left because as much as all these changes are happening I still love Williamsburg. It’s the place where I grew up, it’s the place where all the people still here, are here, you know?" [28].