For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2016
Thought Leaders Across Sectors Join to Discuss HOPE: Technology to Reduce Poverty
Uber NYC, NYC HRA, Progressive Policy Institute, and United Way of NYC Join with HFA to Promote New Report
What: Technology, government, and anti-poverty leaders will join in the release of a Progressive Policy Institute report by Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg, proposing innovative HOPE accounts and action plans to reduce poverty. A key component proposed by HOPE is a public/private partnership between government and technology companies to dramatically streamline safety net programs into one user friendly application, thereby enabling struggling families to avoid long lines and lengthy waits to receive basic benefits. The report also proposes a new paradigm of anti-poverty policy under which low-income Americans can forge joint plans with non-profit and government agencies to boost their long-term economic advancement.
Steven Banks, Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services
Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America (formerly the New York City Coalition Against Hunger)
Nicole Gallant, Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer, United Way of New York City
Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute
Ana Mahony, General Manager, Uber New Jersey
Natosha McCray, Food Action Board Member, Hunger Free America
When: Tuesday, December 13th, 8:30-10:30 AM, light breakfast to be served.
Where: United Way of New York City, 205 E. 42nd Street, Manhattan
Why: 16 million American adults are working but still struggling against hunger, according to recent data published by Hunger Free America. The only thing low-income people have less of than money, is time. The proposed HOPE technology public/private partnership would streamline access to multiple government and nonprofit safety net programs into one user-friendly device, allowing low income individuals to fill out one application, rather than wait in line for hours at multiple government and nonprofit assistance offices. This proposal fuses the traditional conservative goal of reducing government bureaucracy with the traditional liberal goal of using targeted social programs to boost economic opportunity.
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