Mercy Neighborhood Ministries offers direct service programs to the Tioga community of North Philadelphia.
This community suffers from the many problems associated with poverty: unemployment, underemployment, violence, drugs, a high percentage of single-parent families, inadequate housing, deteriorated and vacant properties, isolation of the elderly poor, poor health/nutrition, and the behavioral health issues associated with a poor, urban environment.
The following statistics are about the neighborhood we serve and are based on the 2000 U.S. Census Report:
- 33% of our neighbors are children
- 56% of our neighbors never graduated from high school
- 75% of our children live in single parent or unmarried households
- 43% of our neighbors attended high school but did not complete
- 66% of our children are cared for by single, female heads of households
- 13% of our neighbors never attended high school
- 20% of our neighbors are over 65
- 17% of our neighbors who are employable can’t find work
- 43% of our neighbors live below the poverty level (less than $20,000 a year)