CGR was engaged by Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) and the City of Oswego to complete a comprehensive needs assessment about the state of poverty in the City of Oswego to inform a work plan aimed at reducing the prevalence and impact of poverty. The City is one of sixteen communities in New York that received funding under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), which aims to identify and support locally developed anti-poverty efforts. Oswego’s effort is being led by LIFT (Learn, Identify, Focus and Transform) Partners, which encompasses about 40 community leaders, service providers and residents. CGR’s assessment encompassed data collection and analysis, stakeholder interviews and focus groups (including many with low-income residents), a scan of effective approaches nationwide to combating poverty, and a survey of LIFT Partners to gather perspectives on poverty and information about programs and services available in the community to help low-income residents. It also included a number of recommendations to support low-income Oswego residents and help them become more economically self-sufficient.