Groups to lead poverty initiative’s work

ROCHESTER — Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative officials recently announced the names of the 150 people who will serve on six work groups and who will lead the work of the initiative.

Leonard Brock, The Children’s Agenda’s executive for special projects and alliance director for ROC the Future, was named the initiative’s permanent director, according to a press release from state Assemblyman Joseph Morelle’s office.

Morelle, Mayor Lovely Warren and County Executive Maggie Brooks have led the anti-poverty initiative, with support from 100 area organizations, since it was convened by the United Way of Rochester earlier this year. Their vision is to eliminate poverty by ensuring that every child lives in a stable family environment with opportunities for economic mobility, according to the press release.

Brock will become permanent director of the Rochester-Monroe initiative beginning June 1 and will oversee the work groups that will focus on health and nutrition, housing, the judicial system, safe neighborhoods, jobs and workforce development, and education.

The 150 members of those groups were chosen from a list of 300 community members, social workers, professionals and people living in poverty.

Their charge is to:

* Identify assets and barriers that currently exist in the community, and on the state level, that assist or prevent assistance to those in need.

* Develop recommendations for their specific area of focus.

* Establish key measures for determining success.

For a list of the work group members or to learn more about the initiative, visit

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