The city of Georgetown is undergoing unprecedented demographic growth and changes. This increase has also challenged the public and social service sector whose capacity for care has not always kept pace with the growth.
In 2015, the Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) commissioned a needs assessment that “explores the opportunities, challenges, wants, and needs facing low-income residents in Southeast Georgetown.” The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) conducted this assessment. All primary focus group data collection was then supported by secondary data analysis of census and other socio-demographic data at the city, census tract, and census block levels.
Findings from the focus groups and surveys suggested critical needs in the areas of public transportation, affordable and quality housing, access to health foods and nutrition programs, language access in schools, bullying and mental health, reframing of power differentials in services, access to affordable legal and immigration services, and affordable after school activities. In addition, gaps include disconnection between decision makers in Georgetown and the community.
The project team offered recommendations, both short-term and long-term.
(taken from the Georgetown Health Foundation website)
The SEGCC was established to follow these recommendations. This organization, working in partnership with local agencies, organizations, and city entities, work to assure that the assessment findings of needs and concerns are heard and addressed. SEGCC will promote and encourage that the community find and use its collective voice to better their lives and the lives of their families.
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