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Posted on: April 18, 2017

Norwich awarded Working Cities Challenge Grant

Increasing the number of financially stable households in the City of Norwich is the purpose of new funding awarded by the Boston Federal Reserve. Called the Working Cities Challenge Grant, a core team, led by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, has set a goal to increase the number of low-income and diverse households in Norwich who become financially stable by 20% over the next ten years.

The Working Cities Challenge design grant of $15,000 will help the core team create a plan that will make it eligible for a much larger grant of up to $500,000. The funding is part of a broader initiative by the Boston Federal Reserve to promote economic growth throughout cities in Connecticut and New England.

According to the latest ALICE Report Update, 47% of Norwich residents cannot afford basic needs. Additionally, the cost of living continues to increase faster than workers' wages. But through collaborations and the expansion of existing programs, the city can create innovative ways to increase the earning potential of its residents and create an economically viable community.
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