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 2019 (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019)

Countries of Origin

Our participants come from 50 countries and 5 continents.

Household Incomes

75% 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.


  • Seventy-five percent of participant families live on annual household incomes of  less than $21,000 and close to 80% live on incomes below the poverty  line.

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

  • They represent 50 countries.

  • Most are Hispanic (90%) families, with seventy-five percent having emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, or Ecuador.

  • Over a quarter of participants have never attended high school and 40% 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. Over fifty percent work in the Home Health Aide/Home Attendant, Cleaning, and Restaurant fields.

Community and Transformation 

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