Neighborhood Check-In: Southern Tier

Next event: July 22, 10 am - Noon, 1803 State Street, Olean

Despite New York’s great wealth, more than 3 million New Yorkers live below the federal poverty line, and millions more struggle to make ends meet. In the western Southern Tier (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Steuben counties) 16 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line and another 30 percent earn less than the cost of living. In all, more than 63,000 households - 45 percent of the region - are struggling to meet their basic needs.

Why is this? How are individuals, families and our community impacted, and what is being done to respond? How can we create a more just community in which all our neighbors can thrive?

Thursday, June 1, we held a Neighborhood Check-In in Cuba, where people directly impacted by poverty, direct service providers, advocates, faith leaders, and policy experts reflected on these questions.

We are continuing to collect testimony, and the next event is scheduled for July 22, 10 am - noon, at the African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean.

To attend, RSVP using the form below and indicate whether you are interested in sharing your story or insight.

If you can't attend, but would like to submit written testimony, email We are looking for testimony from people directly impacted by poverty and related injustices, direct service providers, advocates, faith or community leaders, or other experts, which addresses any of the following:

  • How poverty and related injustices impact you, your family, and/or your community;

  • The leadership, organizing, resistance and resilience that you've seen or experienced in directly impacted communities;

  • Your values and vision for a just community.

This event is part of the Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State being held across New York in 2017 and is part of a national Truth Commission on the Right Not to Be Poor, organized as part of the Call for a New Poor People’s Campaign.