Thursday, August 31, 2017 5:12 pm

Anti-poverty programs approved by task force, awaiting state approval

espri watertown ny meetingWATERTOWN — The city's $1 million anti-poverty initiative was given another push toward implementation Wednesday when the group tasked with organizing it signed off on the four programs involved and the funding for them.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:30 pm

ESPRI Taking Shape in Helping Reduce Area Poverty

In January 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his vision to help reduce poverty in New York State. His plan was simple: Provide grants to a few cities and allow them to etermine how best to either enhance or create programs that can help more New Yorkers become self-sufficient.

The timing of the new program neatly coincided with the United Way’s state-wide study on the working poor called ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income onstrained, Employed.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:16 am

Poverty workshop graduates first class

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Local agencies and advocates came together Tuesday night to celebrate the graduation of Jefferson County’s first-ever cohort of the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” poverty workshop — a program now-alumnus Johnathan Persons credited with saving his life.

The Watertown Urban Mission, Community Action Planning Council and Volunteer Transportation Center teamed up with the Jefferson Leadership Institute class of 2017 to establish the series locally at no cost to attendees. “Getting Ahead” focuses on building resources and creating personalized plans to get out of poverty with its willing participants.

The first workshop wrapped up with 12 graduates on July 18.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:58 am

Watertown Moving Closer on Poverty Grant Programs

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The city of Watertown is hoping to move forward with its plan to help fight poverty.

Watertown was one of 16 communities to be awarded a million-dollar state grant. The city had an 80-member task force studying ways to best use that money.

The United Way of Northern New York is in charge of administering the grant. It plans on submitting its phase one of the plan to the state soon.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:55 am

Work on Watertown’s anti-poverty program continues


WATERTOWN — The city of Watertown has issued a Request for Proposals to fund projects that will help reduce poverty in the city.

The request comes near the culmination of the first phase of the anti-poverty initiative that will use more $800,000 in state money to implement the program.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:00 am

Organizers begin first phase of $1 million effort to fight Watertown poverty

A lot of work already has gone on behind the scenes with the $1 million effort to combat poverty locally. And a lot more must be completed before the program gets rolled out in June. In the project’s first phase, organizers are filling out forms and learning about the many state requirements that must be met before the city receives $1 million in state funding from the state'sEmpire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:00 am

Watertown's anti-poverty group sets agenda

About 50 members of the task force met for the first time at the Urban Mission to start working on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Watertown is one of 16 cities in the state to receive a grant from the program.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:38 pm

Watertown officials calling on low-income earners

Peter Schmitt wants to assemble a task force comprised of low-income wage earners in order to design a plan to specifically address poverty in the city.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:00 am

Efforts continue on Watertown’s anti-poverty plan

Organizers putting together the city’s $1 million anti-poverty program want to make sure that people at risk are involved in tackling the problem. wThey are looking for low-income people to serve on a 40- to 50-member task force that will be asked to develop and execute the plan to address poverty. The task force’s first meeting is slated for Jan. 25 at the Watertown Urban Mission.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:00 am

Watertown part of new state program to reduce poverty

The city of Watertown will be one of 16 communities across the state served by the state's new Empire Corps program. Announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday, the Empire Corps program aims to reduce poverty in New York state, and will be funded $6.7 million over the next three years.

In each community, program members will reach out to impoverished residents and help them identify and connect with solutions. VISTA and AmeriCorps members will work together to find and address the specific needs of each community.

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