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City of Albany and Major Private Sector Partners Come Together in Groundbreaking Partnership in Fight to Reduce Poverty

March 07, 2019

For Immediate Release 
March 7, 2019 
Media contact: Andrew Beam — 518-573-3916, beam@gramcomm.com 
 
ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her partners in fighting poverty throughout Albany announced the launch of the third phase of the City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI) at a press conference on Thursday.

CAPRI is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative that is meant to combat poverty and reduce inequality throughout New York State. Municipalities are selected based on the amount of people living there in poverty following the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-14 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimate.

Mayor Sheehan, joined by representatives of the Albany Medi, St. Peter’s Health Partners, CARES of NY, Inc., Schenectady Works/City Mission, and the Capital District Child Care Council, gave an overview of the goals set to be accomplished during this new phase of the initiative.

The third phase will run from March 2019 through February 2020.

This phase will involve taking a systemic approach in helping local residents find and keep employment by improving transportation options and expanding access to quality childcare. It will include working with Albany’s two largest employers – Albany Med and St. Peter’s Health Partners – to provide residents jobs as well as tools to help retain those jobs.

The aim is to recruit between 75 to 100 unemployed and underemployed City residents and provide them pre-employment training. It will also include providing 200 residents with supplemental workplace services in an effort to provide stable employment.

The City will be using its own staff and resources to work with both pre-and-post employment supports for residents looking for jobs at either hospital. The City is also working with a specialized workforce team that includes the City Mission’s Employer Resource Network for on-the-job success coaching. It also includes the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, which will work to expand quality child care and match it with the employee’s hours, as well as increasing transportation funding for routes not currently on bus lines and for non-traditional work hours.

This comes after the successful completion of the second phase of this initiative which ran from April 2018 to February 2019. During this phase, Albany Housing Coalition, Inc., the Albany Community Action Partnership, and the Homeless Travelers Aid Society recruited more than 90 participants to their workforce development and job training programs, with 50 people being hired as a result.

“This systemic approach to connecting unemployed and underemployed City residents with transportation and childcare will help individuals obtain and retain jobs and advance their careers,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “Thank you to Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Schenectady Works, and the Capital District Child Care Council for partnering with the City and CARES to help reduce poverty and inequality in Albany.”

“The City of Albany recognizes that in order to help its residents obtain and retain good jobs, the community of providers must align their resources around both employee and employer needs to make this vision possible,” said Nancy Chiarella, executive director of CARES of NY, Inc. “Reliable child care and transportation are essential for any workforce initiative and we are thrilled to be working together on this new initiative with St. Peter’s and Albany Med.”

"Albany Med is proud to partner with Mayor Sheehan and with CAPRI to achieve its mission of reducing poverty in our city by helping residents find employment that offers long-term stability and career advancement possibilities," said Darleen Souza, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Albany Med. "We are grateful to CAPRI for being a valued partner in helping us identify local candidates with the necessary skillset, or the training needed to assist us in providing exceptional and compassionate care to the residents of our region."

"We are proud to partner with Mayor Sheehan and our fellow supporters of the City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative," said Judy Gray, Chief Human Resources Officer at St. Peter's Health Partners. "The mission of St. Peter’s Health Partners is to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence in the communities we serve. This mission guides the care we provide to our patients, and it also informs our work with CAPRI. We hope our involvement will inspire other organizations and businesses to look at ways of providing opportunity, training, and other resources to help unemployed and underemployed residents of Albany get on a path toward stable employment and career advancement."

For more information on the initiative, visit: https://www.reducingalbanypoverty.org/