FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON GRANT TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND MOST PROMISING ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK AND OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY
"Today, New York City learned the Obama Administration has selected our Center for Economic Opportunity and Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City as recipients of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Over the last four years, New York City has designed a series of programs that have changed the way governments think about reducing poverty in America. This grant, and the new federal partnership it creates, provides a mechanism for New York City to replicate five of our most successful pilots with leaders in seven other urban areas.
"When we launched the Center for Economic Opportunity in 2006, we set out to test innovative new approaches - becoming the only locality in America undertaking a coordinated campaign to identify new solutions to help people break the cycle of poverty. A number of those pilots showed great results, and now we are able to expand here in New York City, while also assisting cities like Newark, Tulsa and Kansas City develop solutions. I want to thank Deputy Mayor Gibbs, our Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Veronica White and Megan Sheekey, President of the Mayor's Fund, for working to expand our existing relationships so we can help more families."
Stu Loeser/Jessica Scaperotti (212) 788-2958