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Poverty Research Workshop to focus on low-wage workers

The ninth annual Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop will present new research on low-income workers in Buffalo and promising strategies to overcome problems of poverty, health care and homelessness.

The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in the auditorium of the Central Library in downtown Buffalo. It is free and open to the public, and will be of particular interest to social service workers, advocates and government leaders and their staff.

UB School of Law professor Nicole Hallett will present findings from her new report, “Workers on the Brink: Low-Wage Employment in Buffalo and Erie County,” that shows dramatic evidence of legal violations regarding wages, hours, health and safety for low-wage workers.

Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for Public Good, will discuss another report, “Poverty in Buffalo: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions,” and Dianne Bessell, a professor of social work at Daemen College, will present on the “Lived Experiences of Homeless Families in WNY."

Registration is available at the Homeless Alliance of WNY website.

The workshop is presented by the Homeless Alliance of WNY, the Partnership for the Public Good and the Buffalo Commons. It is co-sponsored by University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Humanities Institute and School of Social Work.

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