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POVERTY, An Issue Rarely Discussed In Westchester

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On Saturday, October 4th community residents will unveil the legislative agenda for 2015 to county legislators and other decision makers. The event starts at 11am at the White Plains Presbyterian church on 39 N. Broadway and a march to the county legislative building at 148 Martine Ave.

Microsoft Word - Westchester People’s Assembly Against PovertyAs discussed on a recent episode of People Before Politics radio show, poverty does exist in Westchester County, but it is not talked about on a consistent bases. In one of the richest counties in NY, the number of homeless people, individuals receiving food stamps, children on free or reduced lunch has increased.

Over the past year, Community Voices Heard, held town hall meeting in Yonkers, White Plains, Port Chester, Ossining, Mt. Vernon and Peekskill to ask community members what types of the solutions need to be created and what power needs to be built to make the County Executive Rob Astorino and the Board of Legislators be proactive and aggressive in improving the lives of families in Westchester.

The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of community members from different walks of life participated in breakout sessions focusing on childcare, educational opportunities, housing, employment and crime. They came up with out-of-the-box ideas and soon realized that the issues identified were not unique one place.

Once themes were identified under the specific issues , community residents participated in working groups to help research how feasible the solutions were.

Juanita Lewis
Community Voices Heard

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