The Coronavirus pandemic has caused health and fiscal strain across the community, and it continues to even as parts of the economy reopen. But organizations who help those struggling say the problems aren’t new. They’re existing problems that have been made worse by the effects of COVID-19.
This episode takes a look at recent surveys that show the community's needs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic are existing issues made worse. Two local profits are now trying to help guide solutions.
COVID-19 didn’t so much create new issues for Central New Yorker experiencing poverty, but instead exacerbated existing inequalities. That’s according to a new Community Needs Assessment produced by the local nonprofit PEACE Inc. The report listed six areas to focus on including nutrition, employment supports, and access.
Listen to the conversation between WAER's Katie Zilcosky and PEACE Inc's Deputy Director Carolyn Brown and Community Engagement Manager Todd Goehle.
A program to help children get ready for school – and break the cycle of poverty – continues to get federal support. PEACE Inc. here in Syracuse will receive $5.8 million for its Head Start program in the region. Program Director Rebecca Heberlie says Head Start and Early Head Start serve about 1200 children, including some parents. In most cases, these are kids who wouldn’t be in other pre-school or Pre-K programs.
The Syracuse City School District is launching a first of a kind project with a goal of bringing Foster Grandparents to every first and second grade classroom. No other city nationwide has attempted the feat.