- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk officials are working to reduce the city’s poverty rate.

A report released in June by the Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction recommended ways to reduce poverty in the city. The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1soUWpM ) reports that the city plans to spend about $400,000 to begin implementing the recommendations.

The money will be used for housing, early childhood education, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization.

The effort includes a new early childhood education center and a planning demonstration called Better Block. The demonstration will showcase the potential of distressed business strips.

City officials also want to improve Norfolk’s rental inspection program.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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