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U of A trains students for city poverty study

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With the eighth highest poverty rate among large metro areas in 2011, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has pushed to help reduce the poverty rate.

The University of Arizona is helping the city out with the research for the project, which will include training students. 

Phase one includes a research project that looks at other big cities and seeing what programs they are implementing to reduce poverty in their area. 

Phase two will begin this month when students in the U of A's Poverty in American Cities will hit the streets of Tucson.  The students will be interviewing more than 250 Tucson households that are living in poverty.  They will input the information gathered from the interviews, with the ultimate goal of understanding of the form of poverty in the Tucson area.

They will then give that information to the City, so they can use it and help develop programs for the poor.

The final report on the entire project is expected to be delivered to the Mayor in August.

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