Mayor Credits BronxWorks for Anti-Poverty Initiative

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg praised BronxWorks as he announced the preliminary results of the Opportunity NYC Family Rewards Program at a press conference held at the BronxWorks Community Center on March 30th.  The program, which was launched in 2007, is an experimental, privately funded initiative that provided cash incentives to low-income families for taking positive steps intended to lead them out of poverty. In its first two years of operation, Opportunity NYC issued more than $14 million to 2,400 families who demonstrated consistent improvement in their children’s grades, healthcare maintenance, and parents’ career advancement.  Cash awards averaged about $3,000 per year per household.  BronxWorks is one of six organizations that helped implement the program.

“To tackle an entrenched problem like poverty, you have to try new approaches,” said Mayor Bloomberg.  “As a result of our work, we now have a better understanding of what government can do to improve people’s lives and stop the cycle of poverty in our communities.”  BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin praised Mayor Bloomberg and his administration for seeking innovative solutions to persistent problems.

From l. to r.: MDRC President Gordon Berlin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin, and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.

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