Our People, Our Neighborhood

Through our core programs and a full complement of support services, Mercy Center addresses four critical problems facing people who live in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx:

  •   unemployment and economic poverty

  •   violent and oppressive behaviors in families and the community 

  •   overburdened and underperforming schools 

  •  the powerlessness and estrangement that accompanies the isolation of the immigrant experience        


Snapshot of our People

Fiscal Year 2020 (7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020)

Countries of Origin

Our participants come from 51 countries and 5 continents.


Household Incomes

69% of our participants have an annual income of less than $21,000. 


Education Levels

50% of our participants have completed less than a high school level education.


Mercy Center is home to one of the poorest Congressional Districts (15th) in the United States.

  • Sixty-nine percent of participant families live on annual household incomes of  less than $21,000 .

  • Forty-one percent receive some form of government assistance (Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Housing, Medicaid, etc.)

  • They represent 51 countries.

  • Most are Hispanic families (91%), with seventy-five percent having emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, or Ecuador.

  • Almost one-third of participants have never attended high school and 50% have not graduated, often because of the responsibility or caring for young children.

  • Literacy levels vary, and work histories are largely in low-paying service industries. Almost 70% percent work in the Home Health Aide/Home Attendant, Restaurant, Construction, and Cleaning fields.