fighting poverty is local

Washington, August 7, 2017 Contact: Hailey Sadler (202-225-3164)


Fighting poverty is a personal priority of mine as your representative here in Congress.

I strongly believe that effectively empowering Americans who are experiencing poverty starts in our local communities. One of the best things the federal government can do is partner with local groups who have developed anti-poverty initiatives, and empower them to thrive. They know the community best -- and are positioned to provide the local solutions that are needed to help their neighbors.

A great example of this right here at home is the Highland County Community Action Organization (HCCAO). I recently sat down with Julia Wise, the Executive Director of HCCAO, which, through the Rural IMPACT program, has been able to streamline its services and bring together public and private resources in an effort to give families the helping hand they need to climb out of poverty. Listen below:

Supporting efforts to move Americans from welfare to work and give folks the helping hand they need to rise out of poverty is one of my priorities in Congress, and should be a priority of our nation.