Pocono News.Net On Pocono Poverty Event

Rep hosts discussion on poverty in the Poconos

HARRISBURG – As part of the House Majority Policy Committee’s continuing initiative to recognize current programs in place to help combat poverty across the state, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) invited Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) to host a roundtable discussion with area stakeholders working in the Pocono region.

The discussion took place in Stroudsburg and was part of the House Majority Policy Committee’s initiative, “Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty,” which started in June, it seeks to identify challenges that families across Pennsylvania are faced with that prevent them from rising out of poverty.

“As a member of the policy committee, when I learned that they chose to focus their initiative on helping people get above the poverty level, I immediately suggested that one of their stops be in the Pocono region”, Brown said after the meeting. “Monroe County is very different than what a lot of people think it to be. The reality is that we have a lot of issues related to poverty in our area. Fortunately, we have several groups, many of which were represented at the meeting today, that work day-in and day-out to ensure they are doing all they can to help those living below the poverty line.

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