“Our goal is to work together to develop and execute an innovative plan to reduce the number/percentage of households residing in poverty and increase the number/percentage with earned income above poverty.”
The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) is an effort initiated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to positively impact communities within New York State (NYS) facing poverty issues. ESPRI is being piloted throughout NYS with awards ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million depending on the size of the population. The 16 Anti-Poverty Task Forces — Albany, the Bronx, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Hempstead, Jamestown, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Oneonta, Oswego, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, and Waterton — were determined through US Census figures as having high rates of poverty in New York State.
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is the coordinating organization for the Newburgh Anti-Poverty Task Force. It's structured to include representation from local government officials, advocates from nonprofit organizations, local school district representatives, social services, and most importantly, residents who have lived or are currently living in poverty. Once the taskforce has identified high need issues, neighborhoods, and common problems, with Newburgh residents’ input, they will select one or more focus areas or issues that need to be addressed, before developing a plan on how the funding will be utilized. The plan will have to include measurable objectives as well as a timeframe for completion during Phase Two.
- Why Newburgh
- Why United Way Dutchess-Orange Region
- What Makes ESPRI Different From Other Government Funding Programs
- The Anti Poverty Task Force
- The Steering Commitee