It's no Secret that Far Rockaway faced many challenges long before Hurricane Sandy ripped through the community in 2012.
Far Rockaway sits on a strip of New York City's beautiful beaches yet is a neighborhood which has the 2nd highest density of public housing of all five boroughs. The stats and stories below are true, and they need to be heard, but they are only part of the story. Our goal as an organization is to focus on the stories of hope, resilience, and unlikely partnerships that are shaping the future. No label or statistic defines our community, but for those of you who want to dig deeper into what challenges we face, here it is...
Far Rockaway by the Numbers
Only 23% of 9th and 10th graders in Far Rockaway are enrolled in high school.
NYPD report 20 active gangs in the Rockaways, including one of the most violent gangs in theU.S., the MS 13 Salvadorian gang which operates on both ends of the Rockaway Peninsula.
- Nearly 45% of children are either in whole or partly being raised by grandparents.
Child abuse and neglect rates are the highest in Queens.
- Unemployment for youth is 32%.
45,000 of the peninsula's 120,000 residents live in Public Housing.
- Children under age 5 living in poverty is 965% more than Queens as a whole.
Assault is a leading cause of death among young people ages 13-19.
- 41% of the population do not have a high school diploma or GED.