On Aug 7, 2015 Paul A. Jargowsky report titled Architecture of Segregation Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy, named Syracuse, New York as having the highest concentrated poverty among minorities . The report went on to cite that 35% of all families and 50% of all children live in poverty.  Dr. Jargowsky report confirmed what many Syracuse residents were well aware of - our city needs help.

The release of the report spurred Albany into action and during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 'Capital for A Day', he sought to focus on poverty and its effects on local residents. This inspired community stakeholders to hold a series of meetings to identify KEY FOCUS AREAS where we could strategically tackle poverty by forming plans of action.

Through these efforts Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. was created.    


[fade]we are a community coalition[/fade]


[fade]The H.O.P.E. Task Force is the power behind OUR initiative. [/fade]

[fade] Its a diverse collection of residents and community organizations who have committed to working together to eradicate poverty in Syracuse. Everyone on the Task Force has demonstrated a history of collaboration and substantial engagement. [/fade]

[fade] Organizational Affiliates
Syracuse City School District, Onondaga Community College, Lemoyne College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Onondaga County Health Department, Onondaga County Department of Social Service,
CenterState CEO, City of Syracuse, CNY Fair Housing, Syracuse Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, RISE, MANOS,
PEACE, Inc., Onpoint For College, Syracuse City Police Department, Allyn Foundation, JobsPlus, United Way of Central New York, Syracuse University, The Central New York Community Foundation. [/fade] 

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[fade]The H.O.P.E.
Executive Task Force is our leadership team.[/fade]

[fade] The ETF members are leaders from our organizational affiliates who meet more regularly as a team and work daily to implement the vision of H.O.P.E.  [/fade]

[fade] Ocesa Keaton (Executive Director)
Rita Paniagua (Co-Chair)
Helen Hudson (Co-Chair)
Michael Collins (Co-Chair)
Sharon Owens
Rasheada Caldwell
Ann Rooney
Dr. Daria Willis
Stephanie Pasquale
Nancy Eaton
Dominic Robinson
Dr. Indu Gupta
Meg O'Connell [/fade]



[fade]our 6 working committees are aN opportunity for the public to help refine our strategies and discuss solutions within the focus areas.[/fade]

Economic Strategy
Community Engagement
Data/ Policy and Marketing [/fade]


WhERE did these focus areas come from?[/fade]

[fade]Over the course of one year, H.O.P.E. committees collected data in each of the key focus areas and developed recommendations for plans to address barriers in each area. We held seven Listen & Work sessions and two H.O.P.E. summits to provide a platform for individuals in the community to shared their experiences. This provided valuable insights to the barriers that prevent people and communities from prospering. [/fade]


[fade]The work of the dedicated individuals on the H.O.P.E. Committees and participants of the Listen & Work sessions as well as the H.O.P.E. summits helped shape the strategic plan of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. [/fade]

[fade]Now we are putting that strategy into action and implementing our collective vision. We would love for you to join us. [/fade]

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