About the commission
In August of 2015, the Franklin and Marshall College Floyd Institute for Public Policy published the report "Lancaster Prospers? An Analysis of Census Data on Economic Opportunities and Outcomes" highlighting that while incomes had gone up in the downtown, they had gone down in all of the surrounding census tracts. This data analysis prompted Mayor J. Richard Gray of Lancaster to create the Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty. The Commission, comprised of 11 volunteer Commissioners and 48 volunteer work group members, was provided with the following charge to:
- Conduct a thorough examination of the factors that contribute to high levels of poverty in the City of Lancaster in order to increased our understanding of the realities, challenges, and multiple dimensions of poverty in our community.
- Recommend policies and practices that can be adopted by government, the business community, service providers, advocates, and individuals to help reduce poverty in our community.
- Produce an Action Plan that includes specific action steps, priorities, and measurable poverty reduction goals, with a timeline for reaching those goals.
DAN JURMAN, CHAIR
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster
Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness
Spanish American Civil Association
DR. DAMARIS RAU
School District of Lancaster
Spanish American Civic Association
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry
United Way of Lancaster County
Habitat for Humanity
Carter MacRae (Retired)