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State support for anti-poverty programs

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday that $438,000 is available to support new AmeriCorps programs that combat poverty and fight inequality in the Rochester area.

Programs that receive funding will complement the work of the governor’s Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force by increasing access to critical services for individuals in need, including child care, health care, job training and youth mentoring, as well as promoting quality education, anti-hunger and anti-homelessness efforts throughout Monroe County.

“Civic engagement is one of the most important pieces of the equation when it comes to combatting inequality in our society,” Cuomo said in a release. “This funding will strengthen our nonprofit groups as they work to expand opportunity throughout the Rochester area and I encourage all interested parties to join us in making a difference in people’s lives.”

Applications for funding will be accepted by the state Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer.

A bidders’ conference was to be conducted this morning at the SUNY Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. For additional information, visit the NYS CNCS website, newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 4.