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A report from the state released this spring says New York ranks 30th in the county in maternal mortality, and death from childbirth is significantly more likely for women of color. In fact, black mothers are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth. In Syracuse, the population most likely to be in poverty intersects with the population likely to have pregnancy complications: poor, black women.


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WAER's signature coverage on poverty in our City Limits Project was among the work honored by the Syracuse Press Club with awards this past weekend.  Sports journalism and ensemble pre-game shows also won awards.

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Nojaim Market closing on Syracuse’s Near Westside renewed a conversation about food access in some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Local officials and nonprofit leaders worried the closure would severely affect the lives of those who lived around it.

But research done by Syracuse University Master’s Student Katie Mott revealed that people living in extreme poverty didn’t view the closure of Nojaim’s as their most pressing concern. For City Limits, Katie Zilcosky talked with Katie Mott about urban poverty and food access.


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In his state of the city address this year, Mayor Ben Walsh said Syracuse's best days aren't just around the corner, but they are in reach. The future of interstate 81, the creation of Syracuse Surge and new leadership has positioned 2019 to be a year of big changes for the Syracuse area.

On this episode of City Limits Talk, Chris Bolt and Katie Zilcosky sit down with Mayor Ben Walsh and his team to discuss how they plan to achieve their goals.


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It’s no secret that Syracuse has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, nearly three times the national average of about 12 percent.  But an analysis by the Brookings Institution looks at just who is living in poverty, and why.  That could be the key to finding ways to boost populations that are struggling.


It might seem like one of the quickest ways out of poverty is a steady job.  But despite low unemployment and government-funded job training, those who need jobs the most find obstacles to getting them.  Some built-in factors get in the way but there are policies and practices that could hold promise.  In this episode of City Limits, Chris Bolt examines the role local businesses play in reducing poverty in Syracuse.


Katie Zilcosky

The Greater Syracuse HOPE Initiative has been working to make a difference in Syracuse’s poverty problem. Last year, the organization asked the community what programs they think would make an impact. From that community input, HOPE chose eleven proposals and has spent the last year developing them.

City Limits’ Katie Zilcosky sat down with Greater Syracuse HOPE’s Executive Director to talk about what changes 2018 brought to Syracuse and what is still to come.


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It’s been almost a year since City Limits introduced listeners to Providence Services and some of the people who use the shuttle-to-work service.  At the time, the fledgling non-profit was  making the most of small grants and donations to take people to work who didn't have access to a car.  The goal was to help lift people out of poverty by providing transportation to better paying jobs.  In this episode of City Limits, Scott Willis checks back with Providence Services to see where things stand a year later.


Syracuse and Onondaga County Partner on Effort to Employ the Homeless

Dec 10, 2018
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Syracuse and Onondaga County are teaming up on a joint effort to offer work experience to the community’s homeless population.  The pilot program “Hire Ground Workforce Development” is aimed at the estimated 40 panhandlers and others living outside. 


City of Syracuse

The City of Syracuse has reviewed U.S.  Census data and issued a report showing that while the poverty rate has fallen to 32 percent, there are five conditions that more negatively impact residents here than other major Upstate Cities.  


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