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Legislature, governor approve funding for New Town Success Zone

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Low-income families with children in one of Jacksonville's poorest neighborhoods can benefit from $850,000 in state funding approved by the Florida legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The $850,000 funds the Florida Children’s Initiative which includes Jacksonville's New Town Success Zone, Miami Children’s Initiative and the Parramore Kids Zone.

More than half of the families who live in the New Town Success Zone make less than $20,000 a year, which is below the poverty line.

“This funding is extremely beneficial to the children we assist. When you look at Florida’s entire state budget, $850,000 may not sound like a lot, but it goes a long way for the families we serve,” said George Maxey, executive director of the New Town Success Zone.

The Success Zone is an initiative involving the city of Jacksonville, Edward Waters College, and area nonprofits that aims to support families and their children’s intellectual, emotional and physical growth from cradle to college in a designated neighborhood of Jacksonville.

It is modeled after the successful Harlem’s Children Zone in New York.