New Report Shows Significant Challenges Facing Children, Families in Elmhurst/Corona
Released December 17, 2019
Community-driven findings point to affordable housing, child care and behavioral health services as key solutions to promoting well-being
Dec. 17, 2019 – The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) today released a new report that comprehensively documents the needs of children and families in the Elmhurst/Corona community district in Queens. The report reveals that despite high rates of employment, families face significant challenges to economic mobility and lack access to basic supports such as affordable housing, childcare and behavioral health services to address the interconnected stressors young people and their families face.
“The cultural richness of Elmhurst/Corona is exactly why families are drawn to New York City, but hard-working people are facing far too many barriers to making ends meet,” said Jennifer March, Executive Director of Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York. “Affordable housing, high quality child care and afterschool programs, behavioral health supports, among others, are the basic resources parents are desperately seeking to achieve stability and economic mobility.”
The report, Elmhurst/Corona, Queens: Community Driven Solutions to Improve Child and Family Well-being, is the result of a year-long community-based assessment that combines data analysis and community voice, including census and administrative data and insights from over 250 community members. The report’s goal is to draw attention to welcome and worrisome trends in the community and to identify community-level and citywide solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing children and families.
Elmhurst/Corona has the highest share of foreign-born residents in the city, and more than half claim Latinx heritage and a quarter are Asian or Asian American. More than one-third of households in Elmhurst/Corona are families with children. According to the report:
“Families were deeply concerned about financial worries, overcrowded living conditions, and federal actions and policies that target immigrants,” said Bijan Kimiagar, CCC’s Associate Executive Director for Research. “Throughout our conversations with community members, parents expressed a desperate desire to spend more time with their children and for services that are not only linguistically accessible and intergenerational but offered in non-stigmatizing settings on evenings and weekends.”
CCC’s report is intended to provide community members, service providers, elected officials and philanthropic organizations a comprehensive assessment of the needs of children and families in the area, as well as the resources available that support their well-being. The report’s policy recommendations include:
“Elmhurst/Corona community members – parents, youth, service providers – informed the report findings and recommendations,” said Jack Mullan, CCC’s Research Associate. “By making good on their calls for affordable housing, child care, afterschool, and behavioral health services – and expanding access to existing supports with culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach — we can ensure children and families in Elmhurst/Corona thrive.”