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Poverty Commission Meets Tonight in Gilpin

via the  Times Dispatch:

RICHMOND, Va. –

A city commission is holding two meetings this week in Gilpin Court and on Hull Street to get feedback from the community about how to reduce poverty in Richmond.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ anti-poverty commission met for nearly a year to consider ways to reduce the city’s 25.3 percent poverty rate, which he called “the most important, biggest single issue that we face as a city.” The city also has the fifth-highest child poverty rate in the state at 35 percent.

The commission will present more than 20 recommendations, including creating new financial literacy projects, expanding early childhood initiatives, and bringing technical and vocational training to the city.

Some of the recommendations were wide-ranging, such as the suggestion that transportation service be extended to connect low-income people with major employers and that the city develop a housing plan.

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