Chamber participates in Empire State Poverty Reduction
The Chamber attended a program organized by the Governor’s office on how the Empire State Poverty Reduction (ESPRI) Task Force is addressing poverty in the Southern Tier, especially in Binghamton and Elmira. The Southern Tier continues to have some of the highest percentages of poverty in the state.
Some of the staggering statistics included that 59% of residents in the City of Binghamton, 61% in Endicott and 51% in Johnson City are either under the federal poverty level or earning less than the basic cost of living for the county. This statistics are even worse for children born into poverty.
The United Way’s Binghamton-Broome Anti-Poverty Initiative, which the Chamber is taking an active role in, is taking steps to identify the reasons behind the poverty and what can be done to try to stem the tide. The plan is to have an action plan to address the poverty in this region by the fall of this year. The Chamber will keep everyone up to date as more develops.