$1.5 Million Anti-Poverty Grant

After a successful first year of the Broome County Anti-Poverty Task Force, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Senator Fred Akshar, Mayor Rich David, and other local leaders joined United Way Thursday to discuss the group’s progress and announce a new round of funding.

Through the efforts of our dedicated lawmakers, United Way of Broome County secured a $100,000 grant as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget includes $1.5 million to continue the group’s work.

“The United Way is proud to be a partner in the efforts to eradicate poverty in our community,” said Robin Alpaugh, Executive Director of the United Way of Broome County. “The Anti-Poverty task force has a number of deliverables that have already been completed or are in progress; we hope this work serves as a model for other communities across the state.”

Following the press conference, the task force reconvened to discuss the new funding and further develop its goals and priorities. Moving forward, the group is continuing its work to develop a comprehensive plan which will include specific policy and program recommendations designed to move residents from poverty to prosperity. We'll be providing plenty of progress updates as the project moves forward.