Initiative aims to break cycle of poverty

ROCHESTER — Three city neighborhoods will be the focus of a collaboration between three agencies working to break the cycle of poverty — Rochester’s Office of Innovation, the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and Connected Communities.

The collaboration will seek to realize the "urban village" concept proposed by the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge report, according to information from Mayor Lovely Warren’s office. The challenge provided Rochester with $500,000 worth of services to explore ways to connect the community’s resources with individuals and families trying to navigate their way out of poverty, according to officials from the anti-poverty initiative.

To create the urban village, community and government leaders will bring services and resources into the three neighborhoods to meet the individual needs of the residents and help lift them out of poverty, according to city officials. The neighborhoods selected are: Marketview Heights, Beechwood and EMMA (East Main, Mustard and Atlantic avenues).

In those areas, the services to be improved or offered will target four issues: cradle-to-career education, community wellness, mixed-income housing and economic viability. Resources could include adult mentoring, job training, more access to mixed-income housing, and increased access to child care and transportation.

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