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Council members were briefed this week on the quarterly progress of a key city initiative to combat poverty.
Assistant City Manager John Hughes provided an update on the recently merged Bridges to Progress initiative that brought together the city’s Poverty to Progress committees with members of the community-led Bridges of Central Virginia. Both groups had been working to address Lynchburg’s escalated poverty rate. He also provided details on the disbursement of grants the city awarded to seven Poverty to Progress groups last summer.
Hughes told council members during their Tuesday meeting, Bridges to Progress has formed a steering committee with five members from Bridges of Central Virginia and five members from Poverty to Progress. Additionally, the steering committee has identified 10 task force areas — faith, workforce, legal, education, housing, food disparity, transportation, child development, community and health/mental health.