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Survey on poverty to wrap up

ALBANY, Ga. -- A deadline is looming for the community to give its input into an analysis centering on poverty, its causes and possible solutions.

A $35,000 project of the city of Albany, consultant Veronica Adams-Cooper -- no relation to Mayor Willie Adams -- is compiling the information as a part of a report to city leaders on the perceptions and suggestions of the community about poverty.

Residents can participate in the survey by logging on to www.albanygapovertysurvey.com, which must be completed by Wednesday.

According to Adams-Cooper, the survey is part of a four-pronged approach to get feedback from the community and local businesses and non-profits who work to eradicate poverty.

"It's one of the top six priorities of the commission and our task is to identify its causes and to get input from the community on their ideas," Adams-Cooper said.

As a part of the report, agencies who's work involves poverty eradication efforts were asked to join a directory of similar agencies and meetings were held with the general public to get input, she said.

In a news release, Adams-Cooper said that the city is working with the state Department of Community Affairs to coordinate the effort which will help the commission develop policy.