PHILADELPHIA – May 23, 2019 – State Senator Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) was joined by State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) on the first stop of his statewide poverty tour in Lock Haven today.

The 5-stop tour will consist of elected officials hearing the effects of poverty across Pennsylvania—the first tour of its kind to happen in the State Senate in recent history.

Five regions of Pennsylvania are featured as stops on the tour: Northeast, Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Western residents living in city, small town, and rural areas will share their real-life experiences of living in poverty and their struggles.

“Dr. King said, there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it” said Senator Haywood.

“We have to continue to examine and find solutions to poverty and economic insecurity across the Commonwealth,” Sen. Hughes said. “I am grateful to Senator Haywood for taking up these efforts and showing we in the Senate Democratic Caucus are continuing the fight for the people.”

The next stop on the Poverty Listening Tour will be in Senator Haywood’s district on Friday, 24 May in Philadelphia. Following the listening tour, a report of the findings will be compiled and shared with the public.