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Poverty, Work & Opportunity Task Force

The Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force was formed in January 2006 to create a mayors' action-oriented agenda to significantly reduce the numbers of Americans living in poverty. In line with the Mayors' 10-Point Plan and to promote the Annie E. Casey’s Family Economic Success agenda, the task force has examined workforce development, funding for The No Child Left Behind Act, children's health insurance, and an expansion of affordable housing as critical steps toward the creation of a mayors' anti-poverty agenda.

New Report:  "National Action Agenda on Poverty For the Next President of the United States"

"Third Stop:  Villaraigosa's Poverty Forum - US Mayor Article

"Nation’s Mayors Address U.S. Financial Crisis, Impact on Americans in Poverty Forum in Los Angeles" -  US Mayor Article

The Federal Government has left cities behind and now is the time to act. With the change that voters are demanding in the upcoming election in November, Conference President Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz and The United States Conference of Mayors are launching a five city tour to discuss five priorities for a new administration.

Mayors Action Forum on Poverty -Los Angeles: September 23-24, 2008


Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force Chair Antonio Villaraigosa Speech at 76th Annual Meeting
Speech  - June 22, 2008

Helpful Links
City of Miami -ACCESS Miami
New York City's Center of Economic Opportunity
San Francisco's Communities of Opportunity
City of Providence's Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force
The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
National Center for Children in Poverty
Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

USCM Comprehensive Resolutions on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
Timeline of USCM Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force
"Repairing the Economic Ladder"- Report
City of New York Report - "Increasing Opportunity and Reducing Poverty"

For information about the USCM Health Programs, please contact:

Crystal D. Swann
Assistant Executive Director
U.S. Conference of Mayors
1620 I St., NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 861-6707 (w)
(202) 293-2352 (f)