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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.


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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.


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People who struggle with poverty often have to visit multiple locations to receive the help they need. And nonprofits don’t individually have the means to accommodate each need.


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Some help, and some advice, to people who might be having trouble paying their heating bills this winter.  Natural Gas Company Dominion Energy Tuesday donated $10,000 to help out. 


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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.

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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.