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Mayor David N. Cicilline's Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force
 
 

On November 1, 2007, the Task Force released its recommendations to the Mayor at a news conference. View the news release and the report.

 

 

Poverty is at the root of many of the challenges the City of Providence faces. Providence has the third highest child poverty rate the country for a city with over 100,000 residents, according the last census. For this reason, in his inaugural address, Mayor Cicilline announced the creation of a Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force. The goal of the Task Force is to identify ways to lift families out of poverty and rebuild the middle class in the City of Providence.

The Task Force created an agenda of clearly defined objectives and strategies to achieve substantial and measurable outcomes in the City's neighborhoods. The agenda draws upon best practices nationwide at the municipal level as well as including new initiatives and models tailored to Providence's needs.

Providence received financial support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support the work of the Task Force, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT served as consultant to this project, facilitating meetings, conducting research, and compiling the final report of the Task Force.

The Task Force will meet six times during the spring, summer and fall of 2007. The final report was released on November 1, 2007.

 Read the Executive Order that created the Task Force

TASK FORCE REPORTS

 Resident Focus Group Final Report

Youth Discussion Meeting Notes

BACKGROUND PAPERS PREPARED BY RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT

 Making Work Pay

 The High Cost of Being Poor

 Investing in the Providence Workforce

 Youth Connections to the Workforce

 Preventing Poverty in Future Generations

TASK FORCE MEETING MATERIALS

  • Matt Fellowes of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC spoke at the first meeting of the Task Force on March 6, 2007 on the topic of  the high cost of being poor. 
     View Matt Fellowes’ Presentation  
    Link to Matt Fellowes' Research

  • At the second meeting of the Task Force on April 4, 2007, Catherine Walsh, Deputy Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, presented a set of policy options for each the main issue areas the Task Force will address.
     View Catherine Walsh's Presentation

  • At the third meeting of the Task Force on May 3, 2007, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, presented a set of criteria for selecting strategies for reducing poverty and increasing work and opportunity in Providence.
     View Elizabeth Burk Bryant's Presentation

  • At the fourth meeting of the Task Force on June 11, 2007, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presented a draft outline for the final report, as well a review of the levels of strategies and the criteria that will be used for selecting strategies for reducing poverty and increasing work and opportunity in Providence.
     View the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Presentation

  • At the fifth meeting of the Task Force on July 9, 2007, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presented the findings from the resident focus groups.
     View the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Presentation

  • At the meeting of the Task Force on September 17, 2007, Catherine B. Walsh, Deputy Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, presented on opportunities for low-wage workers and job seekers to obtain quality jobs.
     View the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Presentation

TASK FORCE IN THE NEWS

 Task force gauges costs of being poor in Providence
Providence Business News

OTHER RESOURCES

 Targeting Poverty: Aim at a Bull’s Eye – This report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the use of targeting to address poverty in the U.S.

 Task force gauges costs of being poor in Providence – Mayor Cicilline and Elizabeth Burke Bryant discuss the Providence Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force's work in this Providence Business News article.

 What the New Federal Minimum Wage Means for the States – The Economic Policy Institute released an issue brief that shows what the new federal minimum wage will mean for each state.

 Borrowing to Get Ahead, and Behind: the Credit Boom and Bust in Lower-Income Markets - This new report from the Brookings Institution examines the nation’s lower-income credit and lending markets.

 2006 Rhode Island Standard of Need - The Standard of Need which is released by the Poverty Institute at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work details the basic cost of living in the state.

 From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half - The Center for American Progress just released this new report detailing steps the United States can take to reduce poverty by half over the next decade.

 Increasing Opportunity and Reducing Poverty in New York City - This report was released in September 2006 by the City Commission for Economic Opportunity convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

 Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States - This report  from the National Center for Children in Poverty details alternative ways to measure poverty.



 
     
   
 

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