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Department of Community Affairs fights poverty

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is working on a ten year program to fight poverty in 91 targeted counties, many of which are right here in South Georgia.

The Commissioner of the D.C.A. says guiding more at-risk students to graduate from high school and attend college or vocational training is one of the state's plans to combat poverty.  

"That really just need a little bit of a nudge to move onto post secondary education. In some counties we have only 7 to 10 percent of the kids who move on to post secondary training," said Mike Beatty, Dept. of Community Affairs.  

The D.C.A. held a town hall meeting at the Albany Government center this morning to discuss ways to improve housing and economic development in the 13 county South Georgia area.    

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