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City of Syracuse

The statistics about poverty in the Syracuse City School District are well known, but students' needs and the effects of poverty aren't always completely understood. Reggie Kelley started Rise Above Poverty to bring greater awareness to the basic necessities students don’t have and the stigma that they face for not having those items. 


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Poverty affects much of the city of Syracuse, but one area it strikes hardest is Delaware Academy Elementary School.  A reported 98% of the student body sits below the poverty line.  One organization tackled the problem one undergarment at a time this past weekend. 

Food, water, and shelter. Those are “the essentials” that people think of when they donate to the poor.


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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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The group 100 Black Men of Syracuse is trying to improve the lives of inner city youth by showing them a better future and connecting them with mentors. 

The group just elected a new President, Drake Harrison, who wants to continue the focus on young people and increase collaboration with other groups.  He worries the value and the future of children can be lost just because of where they live.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s State of the County address Tuesday night echoed much of the optimism and ambition expressed by his friend, Mayor Ben Walsh, a few weeks ago.  They both talked about aging infrastructure. 


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Panhandlers and the homeless in the City of Syracuse will have an alternative to asking for money on the streets come May.   In My Father’s Kitchen was awarded a $180,000 county grant to help fund a day labor pilot program aimed at giving panhandlers the opportunity to work.  


City of Syracuse

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.


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