LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County is asking its residents what they think about local poverty, both in their own households and in the community.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Community Initiatives Council, (CIC) the findings from this survey will become a part of the 2016 Livingston County Community Needs Assessment.
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“Poverty has become an increasing problem for our nation in recent years and Livingston County is no exception,” said the CIC. “According to a recent study by the Livingston County Planning Department, the county poverty rate has risen 1.4% in the past two years to 14.8%. Although the county poverty rate is below the state poverty rate of 15.9%, it is still a problem that our community must face.”
The anonymous survey asks basic questions about participants’ needs for housing, health care, food, education, jobs, transportation, etc.
The survey can be accessed online here. Surveys must be completed by Jan. 30.
To obtain a hardcopy of the survey you can contact Ryan Snyder, Director of Workforce Development, at (585) 243-7047 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Livingston County Community Initiatives Council (CIC) was created with the goal of enabling low-income persons to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivations to help them secure the opportunities needed for self-sufficiency. The council consists of representatives from public, private and low-income sectors of the community and oversees the administration of the Community Service Development Block Grant funding that is allocated to diverse social agencies around the county.
This funding provides local programs like Emergency Assistance through Catholic Charities and the Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelter offered through Chances and Changes.