NYC Center for Economic Opportunity | Qualifying Quarters Initiative
A significant number of NYC’s senior citizens live in poverty but do not qualify for Social Security retirement benefits because they lack just one year’s worth of work credits or less. The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity engaged us to conduct a feasibility analysis and design a program that would help lift these seniors—potentially more than 10,000—out of poverty through a combination of earned income from work and, ultimately, Social Security retirement benefits. We retrieved and analyzed data sets from several governmental agencies to identify neighborhoods where this population of seniors was likely to live, and demographic information about the target population. We then designed two alternative programs that leveraged different aspects of the city’s existing expertise in subsidized job development to connect this population with employment opportunities and, ultimately, greater federal benefits.