Local agencies aim to combat poverty in Syracuse

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Agencies across Central New York are increasing their efforts to fight poverty in Syracuse.

Greater Syracuse HOPE, an anti-poverty initiative, stands for bringing Healing, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment to Syracuse, and it is in its next phase of changing policies that keep people in poverty.

Poverty rates from 2000 to 2013 have almost doubled. 

Councilor-at-large Helen Hudson and those working on the Greater Syracuse HOPE are now moving forward on the initiative identifying major barriers faced by impoverished community.

“We heard from a young father who takes his child to daycare on a bus and has to go another 40 minutes and sometimes it cuts off before he can get his child so some of those issues are huge especially when you are talking about folks getting to work,” Hudson said.

The first key to finding a solution is connecting people with the agencies they need.

The housing crisis will also be addressed, to get people in homes and into a sustainable situation.

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