Report finds Puerto Ricans in the Bronx and nationwide have high poverty rate

Despite making progress, Puerto Ricans were found to have the highest poverty rate among all Hispanic groups in the Bronx and nationwide.

The report, which was released by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, states that on the job front more Puerto Ricans are in managerial positions than other Hispanics. They also have a higher rate of college grads, yet they remain the poorest Hispanic population.

Angelo Falcon, of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, says based on the length of time Puerto Ricans have lived here and the social conditions they are living in it's disgraceful.

According to the PRLDEF, the national poverty rate for Puerto Ricans is 26 percent compared to 21 percent for all Hispanics. They also fall below other Hispanic groups in areas such as job rate and home ownership.

The purpose of the report is to shed some light on the problem. The PRLDEF wants to see a national urban policy put in place so more resources can be made available to Puerto Rican neighborhoods in the Bronx and nationwide.

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