Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative

In 2016, the City of Oneonta was one of 16 communities in New York State awarded an Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) grant by Governor Cuomo to combat poverty. The City has a very high poverty rate (29.5%), with more than 250 children under 18 years old living in poverty. The City has partnered with Opportunities for Otsego who is leading a newly created Poverty Reduction Task Force to implement Dr. Donna Beegle’s Opportunity Community Model. As an Opportunity Community, the City will use the $500,000 ESPRI grant to help children and their families living in poverty break through barriers and access resources and support to move out and stay out of poverty. 


Community Survey 

Opportunities for Otsego has collected community input on the needs of families and individuals living in Otsego County, NY. The information will help with planning and implementation of programs to address poverty and gaps in community services. 

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ESPRI Resources

*The services listed here are meant to be a resource as part of our City's initiative to reduce poverty and assist those in crisis and are in no way an endorsement of any business or values.