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Local city council seeks grant to end poverty

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WACO - The Waco City Council voted Tuesday to apply for grants that would give millions of dollars to curb poverty in Waco.

The city could net two million dollars a year for the next five years if they can match the federal grant dollar-for-dollar.

If awarded, it would focus on disadvantaged youth, health and jobs.

Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan says the goals of the grant directly align with the pillars of the city's "Prosper Waco" initiative.

"Prosper Waco is built on a three legged stool of, health, education and income,” says Mayor Duncan. “We’ve found that they're so interrelated that we can't address the barriers of objectives with one area without tying all three of them together."

The council is waiting on the final results from a study by the Upjohn Institute of Employment Research to tell them specifically what strategies will encourage economic advancement and upward mobility.

Duncan says the cooperation between the city, schools and other local organizations puts Waco in a “good spot” to receive the grant.
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