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Poverty still major problem in Albany

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany city commissioners plan to develop a roadmap to help eliminate poverty in the community.

Tuesday, Albany city commissioners heard the results of a poverty study. It found that we still have just as many people living in poverty now, as we did ten years ago.

City leaders fear with the closure of big businesses in Albany, that rate could climb even more. Some of the reasons for continuing a cycle of poverty are a lack of education, one parent households and teenage pregnancy.

Mayor Willie Adams said, "Now that we have a roadmap by way of this study, we can design what we like to call a plan of attack, to get at the root of what's causing some of our problems as far as poverty is concerned."

City leaders say with all of the non-profits in Albany that provide services for the underprivileged, it's important to take stock of what resources we already have and put them to use.

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