- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Advocates for the poor are suing the city of Providence, alleging it has failed to enforce an ordinance that requires many businesses to give preference in hiring to city residents.

The group Direct Action for Rights and Equality announced the lawsuit Tuesday. It is seeking a court-ordered monitor to ensure enforcement of the 1985 “First Source” ordinance, which requires any businesses that receive city grants or subsidies give preferential treatment to job applicants from Providence.

DARE says only 41 of every 1,000 job openings at such companies are awarded to people living in the city.

Meaghan McCabe, a spokeswoman for Mayor Angel Taveras declined to comment on the lawsuit, but issued a statement saying putting Providence residents back to work is among the mayor’s highest priorities.

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