The Persistency of Poverty in Oswego County

The Persistency of Poverty in Oswego County

COVID-19 brings poverty to the forefront as county continues to rank among the poorest in New York state By Mary Beth Roach The issue of poverty in Oswego County can be measured in statistics, but the numbers are only part of the picture. Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, and Tina Eusepi, the OCO collaboration manager for workforce and anti-poverty programming, recently shared their thoughts on the statistics, which they know only too well. They have a grasp of what challenges people are facing and resources that might be helpful to individuals and families. OCO is one of 1,100 community action agencies across the country that was originally formed in the 1960s as part of the war on poverty. It is the largest social service agency in Oswego County — involved in housing, transportation, physical abuse, sexual education, health and nutrition, education for children and adult literacy, and a number of things that in general affect people with low-income. The poverty rate in Oswego County has slightly decreased over the past few years. The numbers from 2019 showed the percentage was at 17.9%, compared with 18.3% in 2018, Cooper-Currier said. However, the rate for the county remains one

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