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Poverty research workshop on March 27

The sixth Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop will be held March 27 to present new research, promising strategies, and ongoing opportunities for collaboration to social service agencies, advocates, government leaders and staff, and the public.

The free half-day event will cover “Poverty, Race and Community Policing,” “Understanding the Experiences of New Americans in Buffalo” and “An Exploration into the Lives of Chronically Homeless Women.”

Among the presenters will be Franchelle Hart, executive director, Open Buffalo; Sam Magavern, co-director, Partnership for the Public Good; sociologist Diane Bessel, assistant professor, Daemen College; Dr. Kim Griswold, associate professor, University at Buffalo; Ba Zan Lin, program coordinator, Burmese Community Support Center; Karen Carman, supportive housing director, Matt Urban Human Services Center; and trauma expert Thomas Nochajski, professor, University at Buffalo

The workshop will be in the auditorium of the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Following the free morning presentations, attendees can join in lunch at Sweet & Savory in the Hotel Lafayette. The lunch meetings are $20 and require advance registration at For questions, contact Laura Mangan,, 645-5376.

Sponsors are the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Partnership for the Public Good, University at Buffalo Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative, and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.