Poverty

Harsh life experiences appear to leave African-Americans vulnerable to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.

Several teams presented evidence that poverty, disadvantage and stressful life events are strongly associated with cognitive problems in middle age and dementia later in life among African-Americans.

Food Bank of Western New York

A program that distributes food to Chautauqua County residents in need is expanding its operation.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

New York State is setting aside $35 million to expand after-school programs.

A conference that aims to reduce poverty in Niagara and Erie counties began Friday morning.

If you’re looking for a job, a popular personal finance website says Buffalo is one of the worst cities to conduct your search.

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Despite seeing the most fruitful period of economic development in recent history, many residents and areas in the City of Buffalo continue to struggle with poverty. As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, both the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo will help the city create a work plan to change that.


ALICE Project

It is generally agreed that the federal poverty level is outdated, so a number of other standard-of-living measurements have come into use to help provide a more well-rounded picture of financial hardship across America. The United Way's ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project says the latest picture of New York State is "startling."

courtesy Erie County Medicaid Inspector General

Nearly a third of Erie County residents are on Medicaid and the number is rising at an average 4 percent annually, according to the latest numbers from the County's Medicaid Inspector General. The report also shows numbers that contradict what the Inspector General says are some of the misconceptions about Medicaid and who is using it.


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In a city where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line, agencies that serve economically-disadvantaged individuals play critical roles. The Buffalo City Mission has received a major contribution in its quest to provide food and shelter to those in need.

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A recent study by anti-poverty groups in Toronto suggests the city is lurching toward a breakdown because of overcrowded homeless shelters. Activists say the city is failing to meet the basic requirements of its homeless population.


Jeffrey Pirrone

The largest food pantry in Western New York will now be offering more services to help people living in poverty.

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They call them food deserts. Many of Buffalo’s east side residents are more than a mile away from a supermarket. This can often lead to poor eating habits.

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As the Catholic world continues to celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, her inspiration continues to be felt in the Buffalo community.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

One local state lawmaker says while Buffalo is enjoying new economic growth, it's not necessarily benefiting the city's poorest. Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing a new job placement program, backed by dollars from the Buffalo Billion, to chip away at the city's poverty.


Bankruptcy started as a way for a person to re-start financially, to erase debts.

Food Bank of WNY

When a bird flu wiped out 8 million turkeys, food banks across the country expressed concern that many families in financial need might be deprived of a Thanksgiving Day ritual.

Erie County Executive forms Poverty Committee

Sep 18, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While we hear time and time again about Buffalo's economic renaissance, there remains many living in poverty, not just in the city but throughout Erie County. A new panel of volunteers is being formed by the Erie County Executive to help address the problem.


It appears Buffalo may have a powerful friend in Albany in Speaker of the State Assembly Carl Heastie.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

Courtesy of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc.

The 3rd annual Poverty Conference  takes place Friday at Niagara University focusing on economic development. 

New program launched to promote living wage

Jan 27, 2015
Coalition for Economic Justice

Employers who pay workers a living wage can apply for certification in a program that will encourage customers to patronize enrolled businesses.

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An “Education Action Symposium” began Friday night and ran through noon Saturday at Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary School.

Courtesy of www.LeadershipNiagara.com

Leadership Niagara is hosting an overnight event in Niagara Falls tonight with the idea of engaging conversation about the area's growing problem with poverty and homelessness. 


Census Bureau ranks upstate districts based on poverty

Dec 19, 2013
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Orchard Park has the third-lowest poverty rate of the 455 school districts in upstate New York, according to Business First’s analysis of new Census Bureau data.