Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative
The Buffalo Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative is a community collaborative of stakeholders aligned to reduce poverty in the City of Buffalo. Community feedback from individuals and families living in financial hardship is fundamental to our mission.
Buffalo ESPRI is committed to reducing barriers for those living in poverty and financial hardship. Through a comprehensive systems approach to workforce development, we hope to provide families with opportunities, information, and tools to find a job with a sustainable living wage and provide supportive services to ensure financial stability.
Click below to download a copy of our community assessment.
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January 2016 - Governor Cuomo Unveils the ESPRI Project
January 2017 - Task Force is assembled with 28 local partners present
April 2017 - Action plan for Community Assessment is published
June 2017 - Community Conversation on Financial Hardship Harvey Austin School
June 2017 - Community Pop-Up Event at PUSH Community Concert
June 2017 - Community Outreach Juneteenth Festival at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
June 2017 - Community Conversation on Financial Hardship at the Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
July 2017 - 900 Surveys collected, research report is started based on community data
September 2017 - Community Outreach and Engagement Report Completed
October 2017 - Report Back to the Community at True Bethel Church on Community Outreach Engagement Report findings
November 2017 - Phase II Implementation Plan will be Submitted to the State
Back to Basics Outreach Ministries
Belmont Housing Resource for WNY
Buffalo Centers for Arts & Technology (BCAT)
Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC)
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Buffalo Public Schools
Buffalo Urban League
Community Action Organization (CAO)
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
City of Buffalo Office of New Americans
Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
Greater Buffalo United Ministries
Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
Say Yes Buffalo
True Bethel Baptist Church
Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI)
Workforce Investment Board (WIB)