Cortland gets state funding to address poverty

Courthouse Park in 2015 (photo by Tim Davis)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Cortland is one of five Central New York counties to receive funding from a New York State program designed to combat poverty.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that 22 projects were selected to be funded through the $30 million Alliance for Economic Inclusion anti-poverty initiative in Central New York.

“New York will continue to empower communities, creating and expanding economic opportunity in every corner of this great state,” Gov. Cuomo said. “These projects address the needs of this region’s most vulnerable communities, producing meaningful change and helping all of Central New York continue to rise.”

The awarded projects include early-childhood education programs, transportation, neighborhood revitalization, post-secondary education, and startup funding. More than half of the projects awarded focus on workforce development.

The Alliance for Economic Inclusion allocated $150,000 to the Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO) for its Getting Ahead program. According to the project listing, the program helps connect low income job seekers with employers.

“The project will use evidence-based strategies to help low income people develop and practice work-related competencies, work with employers to improve on-the-job retention, provide new training for counselors and job coaches, and improve the overall career development process in our county,” the listing read.

The nonprofit organization On Point For College, based in Syracuse, was allocated a $2.8 million budget for its proposal, which aims to increase access to higher education in three counties—Oswego, Cayuga, and Cortland. The group also hopes to offer more college services to refugee students in Onondaga County.

“An additional expansion of comprehensive services, including College Access, Success, and Career Services to refugee students in Onondaga County will be a result of a partnership,” the award description reads.

A complete list of projects in Central New York can be found here.