Austin Public Health and the Neighborhood Centers would like your feedback to help decide what services to offer that will help lift people out of poverty. The six Neighborhood Centers receive Federal Community Services Block Grant funds to tackle issues related to poverty in Travis County.
All of our neighborhood centers provide basic services to residents, including a food pantry, clothes closet, child safety seats, employment assistance, assistance with forms and applications, and referrals. Licensed social workers do home visits, crisis intervention, and case management. Registered nurses provide health screenings and immunizations at three of the centers, as well as blood pressure checks, pregnancy testing, TB skin test, referrals to clinics or family planning, anHed coordination of care for people with chronic diseases.
Every three years a community-wide assessment is conducted to understand the ever-changing needs faced in the community. Information is gathered from various sources to gain a comprehensive grasp on the conditions and causes of poverty—published reports, Census data, community interviews, and lastly surveys which provide the greatest opportunity to hear the thoughts of more community members.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and all Austin and Travis County residents are welcome to participate.
The findings from the assessment will be used to help the Neighborhood Centers prioritize the social services geared towards meeting the identified needs. A final report will be submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The survey will be available online until March 30, 2018.
For more information, send an email to Sara Acevedo.