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Fighting Poverty, Strengthening New York, is a podcast that explores the diverse work done at the Community Service Society (www.cssny.org). In each episode, we dive into an issue affecting low-income New Yorkers in areas such as affordable housing, healthcare, and economic security. We head into the field to hear from those affected, and from CSS staff striving to make NYC a more equitable and just city.
 
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Our latest episode of the Fighting Poverty, Strengthening New York podcast looks into the eviction epidemic in NYC, introducing Daisy Young, who, after losing her job and watching her savings deplete, found an eviction notice on her apartment door.We look at how CSS, along with other members of the emergency rent coalition, work to prevent homeless…
 
What happens when you can’t afford health care, but make too much to qualify for help?In our latest podcast you’ll meet Diane, who found herself in exactly this situation. After struggling financially while caring for her ailing father, Diane got a new job and was just beginning to make ends meet—only to find her own health coverage suddenly out of…
 
One out of four low-income New Yorkers say they regularly cannot afford to take the subway or bus. In a city as mass transit dependent as New York, this makes life even more difficult for those with the very least. Episode 4 explores this issue and our current campaign to address it by providing half-price fares for those living in poverty.…
 
Could the worker cooperative business model help low-income New Yorkers find well-paying, stable employment? In this episode, we speak with Professor Richard Wolff about the concept of worker coops, how they work and how he believes this method is better for both the employees and the economy as a whole. Then we meet a former CSS employee who start…
 
For our second episode, we explore an innovative program that is working to improve the health outcomes of public housing residents in East Harlem, NYC. The Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) is a program run by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Center for Health Equity and is focused on better health outcomes for the residents …
 
For our inaugural episode, we tackle the idea of universal summer jobs for all New York City youth. In February of 2016 Lazar Treschan, Director of Youth Policy at CSS, produced a report proposing the idea that all students who want one should have access to summer employment. Not only should they get a job, but that job should be connected integra…
 
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