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Poverty to Progress Initiative
Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the City’s poverty rate is 24%. So, what does that mean? It means in 2017 that a one-person household with income less than $12,060 is living in poverty.
At City Council’s retreat in November, reducing poverty was identified as a focus area. As a result, they endorsed a model and created a goal for the City to help facilitate moving 50 households a year out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. This is no small task. It will take an army of caring individuals to help lift our neighbors from poverty to progress.
The Mayor and Vice Mayor will host a community gathering entitled “From Poverty to Progress” on Thursday, May 4, at E.C. Glass High School at 6:30 p.m. We hope you will consider joining them in learning more about how each of us may be able to be a member of the army of caring individuals that can help facilitate moving households from poverty to progress.