Syracuse Poverty

Scott Willis/WAER News

More than 900 Syracuse City school children will be going home with a backpack full of food every weekend thanks to a program that aims to fill gaps in hunger for under resourced families.  It’s called “Blessings in a Backpack,” which has grown this year to include five schools. 


Music for the Mission

A new song dropped today featuring more than 40 local musicians lending their voice to raise funds by the sale of each download with a goal to feed 100,000 families.  Their efforts came from an idea from a Co-Founder and singer Angela Moonan who wanted to open up the conversation about those less fortunate in communities across Upstate New York.

Kijin Higashibaba

The original construction of Interstate 81 through Syracuse changed the city and region forever. Now there are plans to tear down the highway and there are some who see the replacement process as a chance to help Syracuse’s poverty problem.  The highway and poverty are linked in surprising ways, WAER's Kijin Higashibaba reports in Part 2 of their examination of I-81 and poverty. 

Go to citylimitsproject.org to hear the full, unabridged version of this episode. 

Scott Willis/WAER News

Advocates for criminal justice reform in Onondaga County want the system to be more fair. They’re concerned with how people of color and people without resources are treated.  When people are a waiting trial, Retired judge Langston McKinney says many find themselves locked up unnecessarily.  He argues judges don’t always understand bail. 

City Limits: I-81 And Racial Segregation In Syracuse

Mar 7, 2018

Interstate 81 that runs through Syracuse has outlived its useful life and there are plans to tear it down. What comes next is a very hot topic at the moment. There are some who see the future of the highway as an opportunity to make a difference in the staggering racial segregation and poverty in the city. As a part of WAER's Poverty Project, Kijin Higashibaba look into the highway's past to understand why. 

Go to citylimitsproject.org to hear the full, unabridged version of this episode. 

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WAER’s City Limits Project – investigating poverty in Syracuse turned its focus to education.  How is poverty impacting schools and adult education?  And how much is the basic mission of these institutions changing as they have to deal with the effects of poverty in our community? 

(Full Audio of the panel discussion below)

When you’re inside a school as students are heading to class, the energy and the expectation should be that learning is about to take place to enrich the students.  

Volunteers Celebrate King's Legacy By Giving Back

Jan 15, 2018
Central New York Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO

The Southwest Community Center in Syracuse hosted a food and clothing drive on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. 

More than 150 people gathered at the Southwest Community Center to pack clothes, toiletries and food. The packages will go to 12 organizations working in Onondaga County. Nancy Kern Eaton is the president of United Way of Central New York which cosponsored the event.

WAER.org

WAER launches City Limits: A Poverty Project, a year-long initiative to examine the gripping, pervasive poverty problem facing Syracuse.  Over the course of the next year, WAER staff will tell stories about some of the impacts of poverty, how the city finds itself as the 13th most impoverished city in the nation and the myriad issues involved in trying to reduce the number of people in poverty. 

What is City Limits?

Nov 29, 2017

What Is City Limits?

In short, City Limits is a year-long multi-platform civic engagement project produced by WAER Public Media that examines and explores poverty in Syracuse.

WAER News

Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics. The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor. We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

Learn more about these anti-poverty programs and initiatives, and hear from some of the people on tech front lines here.

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