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Broome County's Anti-Poverty Task Force Receives $1.5 Million Grant

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County Leaders speak at $1.5 million grant announcement County Leaders speak at $1.5 million grant announcement
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

Broome County's Anti-Poverty Task Force received a $1.5 Million dollar state grant to continue an initiative that's fighting the area's growing poverty problem.

Assembly Woman Donna Lupardo joined other county leaders as well as United Way representatives Thursday morning to announce the new funding that's included in the 2016-2017 New York State Budget.

Lupardo says the funding will contribute to continuing projects like the local poverty simulations that have taken place throughout the county focused on raising awareness of what life in poverty is really like.

"It's very hard for us to know what it's like to walk in those shoes and I think the strength of our community is our ability to engage those individuals and find out what they need and what their barriers are that we might not be aware of," said NYS Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

The Anti-Poverty task force is a joint effort between Broome County and it's branch of United Way, to decrease the area's poverty level. This $1.5 million dollar grant follows a $100,000 grant Lupardo secured for the task force in the 2015-2016 state budget.

According to Lupardo, $300,000 of the $1.5 million will be set aside for administrative purposes. A plan for the rest of the funding has not yet been set. According to the committee, a plan will be established once they pinpoint which areas will benefit the most from the funding.