ESPRI Newburgh


 “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.”


Selected by City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is the coordinating and convening organization for the Newburgh Anti-Poverty Task Force, funded through New York State’s $1,000,000 Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). 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.


The ESPRI Anti-Poverty Initiative is 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.


Read initial Newburgh ESPRI announcement
Read announcement about community conversation

Read press release on January 21st Community Conversation


United Way NYS ALICE Report: Study of Financial Hardship
Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)


For more information, contact Rae Leiner, Director of the Anti-Poverty Initiative: or 845-471-1900 ext 3100