Niagara Falls using literacy, job training to combat poverty

December 31, 2018 GMT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The city of Niagara Falls is using job training and literacy programs to fight poverty.

State and city officials recently announced more than $536,000 in state funds will support programs that aim to prepare unemployed residents and low-income workers for better opportunities.

Catholic Charities is the biggest recipient of the funds, which it plans to invest in job training and job placement services. Other portions of the money will go toward literacy programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County and consumer credit counseling. One of the job training initiatives will focus on employment in the construction industry.

Niagara Falls is one of 16 communities around New York receiving help through a $25 million anti-poverty program created by state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2016.