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Hempstead Village receives $1.5M state grant to fight poverty

Hempstead Village has received a $1.5 million state grant to combat poverty.

The village received the grant under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative to reduce the number of homes in poverty and increase wealth above the poverty line. Hempstead was among 16 villages in the state to earn the grant and the only one selected in Long Island.

“Every New Yorker deserves a shot at the American dream — and this smart investment does just that,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This is a complex problem, but through strong partnerships we will expand economic opportunity and put all New Yorkers on a path to succeed. I look forward to working with these communities — from Troy to Elmira — to break down barriers and create meaningful change for millions of hardworking families across the state.”

The funding is included in the 2016-17 state budget and will be provided by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. That office has a contract with United Way, the nonprofit organization chosen by Hempstead.

The United Way of Long Island has served the village in other efforts and will assemble an antipoverty task force to work with the village and find common issues contributing to local poverty.

The task force is being asked to recommend poverty intervention efforts to assist residents through government officials, social services and faith-based organizations, village officials said.

“By creating a task force tailored to local community needs, this initiative will help our community work together in the fight against poverty. My goals for the Village have always been to address poverty on a systemic basis, increasing access to opportunity and boosting economic growth,” Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. said in a statement.

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