Local Solutions to Poverty accountability session is Friday

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Last October at the Local Solutions to Poverty Forum, political candidates met with a packed hall of people concerned about poverty in Duluth. The candidates committed to take specific actions if elected.

This Friday, the community has an opportunity to follow up with recently elected state legislators and county commissioners and track progress on those commitments.

The Local Solutions to Poverty Accountability Session is Friday, May 5 at the Dr. Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. Second St. A free meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. before the 6-7:30 p.m. program.

Present will be St. Louis County Commissioners Patrick Boyle and Beth Olsen, Minnesota State Representatives Liz Olson and Jen Schultz and Minnesota State Senator Erik Simonson. The moderator is Michelle Lee.

The event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and childcare will be available.

Questions presented to the candidates in October were generated from focus groups with Duluthians living in poverty, and represent a wide range of issues facing low-income people. Topics to be covered at the accountability session include: the steep cost of housing, transportation barriers for people with disabilities, and the lack of dental care providers for people enrolled in public health care plans.

Sponsoring organizations are the Affordable Housing Coalition, Access North, AICHO, The Arc Northland, CHUM, Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast, Community Action Duluth, Gloria Dei, Life House Duluth, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Loaves and Fishes, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, MPIRG, PACT Duluth Minnesota, PAVSA, SOAR, Take Action MN and YWCA Duluth.