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Commission on Poverty Reduction
Overview of the Commission:
In July of 2013, 34 citizens embarked on a one-year process to provide the Mayor and City Council members with recommendations to improve the lives of Norfolk residents living in poverty.  The Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction, chaired by Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves and Councilman Andy Protogyrou, was charged with examining the causes and impact of poverty in Norfolk and developing a plan to reduce poverty for future generations.   This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the Commission.  

The report focuses on four critical areas to reduce poverty:Critical Areas of Focus for the Commission for Poverty Reduction
  1. Supporting early childhood development and parents; 
  2. Improving the education and the career pathways of young people; 
  3. Strengthening opportunities for adults to thrive in the workforce, and;
  4. Revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods to create more engagement, economic opportunities and inclusive communities.  

Progress to Date:  
Implementation of the poverty reduction plan is underway. In the past two years, $3.9 million in local funding has been appropriated for implementation of the Norfolk Plan to Reduce Poverty. The work to date has changed policy, grown partnerships, and initiated evidence-based programs. However, it is clear that much work remains. Several key initiatives of the City’s poverty reduction efforts are highlighted in this report.