After an August 2015 publication of a report by Franklin & Marshall’s Floyd Institute for Public Policy, which showed that “while incomes had gone up in downtown, they had gone down in all the surrounding census tracts,” former Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray created the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty. 

“We view poverty in the City of Lancaster as more than an economic and development issue; it’s also a moral issue,” Gray said at the time. “It undermines the quality of life in the city, impacting women and people of color at a higher percentage than others.”

Twelve volunteers, including the leaders of the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, the School District of Lancaster, Assets Lancaster and Lancaster Chamber, were…

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