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  • “ Poverty is not a universal experience…” Surveys were sent to local services in order to get a better understanding of how to make that statement true for Rockbridge.
  • Rockbridgereportgroup 3 1+Notes

    1. 1. Identifying Problems and Assessing Needs Services survey respondents provide Service Provided Number of agencies/ agency divisions providing service Child Care 3 Educational Services 8 Food Assistance 7 Fuel Assistance 4 Healthcare 4 Housing Assistance 4 Job Training 5 Language Translation Services 3 Transportation Services 6 Services for A-Risk Youth 7 Services of the Elderly 9 Services for the Mentally Disabled 9 Services for the Abused 7 Services for the Physically Disabled 9 Other Services (e.g. counseling, information dissemination, shelter, prevention services, homeownership assistance, etc.) 17
    2. 2. Identifying Problems <ul><li>Underemployment/unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare and Wellness </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Housing </li></ul>Most pressing issues :
    3. 4. Would relations with other Agencies be a solution to the Poverty Dilemma? <ul><li>Most responses were limited to the answer that they are unsure if future relations would ensure promising business practices. </li></ul>
    4. 5. Assessing Needs
    5. 6. Identifying Problems
    6. 7. Conclusion of Surveys <ul><li>The local officials dealt with the issues present in the community that had the least amount of severity on the local public. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty remains an issue because local officials were INEFFICIENT and INSUFFICIENT . </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Transportation <ul><li>Complex issue </li></ul><ul><li>Word during “ non-public ” hours </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent on child care and public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of transportation options </li></ul>
    8. 9. Rockbridge area residents without private motor vehicles Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Summary File 3, Matrices H6, H18, H20, H38, H40, H42, H43, and H44. Virginia Rockbridge County Buena Vista City Lexington City % Without Vehicles 7.7 4.7 14.2 14.2
    9. 10. <ul><li>Bidirectional relationship between transportation and employment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No transportation—unable to maintain secure employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No employment—unable to afford independent transportation </li></ul></ul>Transportation
    10. 11. <ul><li>“ we would like to see more natural supports, which could be out in the community… ” </li></ul><ul><li>Demand-responsive (DR) Rockbridge Area Transportation System (RATS) </li></ul>Transportation
    11. 12. <ul><li>Economic costs to inadequate access to transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Non-economic costs to inadequate access to transportation </li></ul>Transportation
    12. 13. <ul><li>“ Green ” public transportation offers a potential starting point for renewed economic growth </li></ul><ul><li>Possible contribution from rural transit systems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction and maintenance require workers, drivers, mechanics, and support personnel— create jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide individuals with a means to get to and from work </li></ul></ul>Transportation
    13. 14. <ul><li>Housing was considered to be the third most important issue when participants were surveyed </li></ul>Housing
    14. 15. Housing
    15. 16. Housing <ul><li>Lexington </li></ul><ul><li>In 2000, there were 2,232 occupied housing units </li></ul><ul><li>1,225 were owner occupied and 1,007 were renter occupied </li></ul><ul><li>33.6% were non-family occupied , mostly because Washington &Lee students lived off campus </li></ul>
    16. 17. Housing <ul><li>Buena Vista </li></ul><ul><li>1800 housing united were owner occupied with 72% family occupancy </li></ul><ul><li>747 units were renter occupied </li></ul>
    17. 18. Housing <ul><li>Rockbridge </li></ul><ul><li>There were 6,678 units owner operated with 76% families living in them </li></ul><ul><li>There were 1808 renter occupied united with 55% families </li></ul>
    18. 19. Housing
    19. 20. Housing <ul><li>Some homes lacked adequate plumbing and kitchen facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Many argued that homes in Rockbridge lacked affordability and quality </li></ul><ul><li>They also argued that the prices of rentals would rise due to the increase of students living off campus </li></ul><ul><li>Some Recommendations include: </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the creation of a social venture to educate and train at-risk youth to perform productive, community oriented work </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen rules governing housing standards and landlords </li></ul>
    20. 21. Health and Human Services <ul><li>Health Insurance is one of the most challenging issues facing America today </li></ul>
    21. 22. Health and Human Services
    22. 23. Health and Human Services <ul><li>The Children’s Health Insurance program, FAMIS and FAMIS Plus account for a significant amount of insurance </li></ul>
    23. 24. Health and Human Services <ul><li>However not all needs are met: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing individual needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persons with disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buena Vista </li></ul></ul>
    24. 25. Health and Human Services <ul><li>Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge need long-term solutions to solve their health care problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look to peer communities for guidance and support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate multiple types of reform </li></ul></ul></ul>