Providence Services

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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.


Scott Willis / WAER News

Nearly two dozen agencies across Central New York have been selected to receive a combined $14 million  over five years to address poverty in the region.  The funding comes from a pot of $50 million designated for solely that purpose under the Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization initiative.  

Onondaga County is the lead agency of the 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion.  County Executive Joanie Mahoney says everyone came to the table and prioritized which agencies and services could have the biggest impact.

For many of us, getting in the car and going to work is something we take for granted.  But for others struggling to get by, that trip to work can be a barrier between a decent paying job that could lift them out of poverty.    WAER’s Scott Willis takes a look at one solution that seems to be working for a handful of residents.

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