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NETGHBORHOON CENTNR PILOT PROGRAM
A. Purpose of the pilot progran
On Friday, August 19, the Prosident in his Byraeuse » New York,
speech asked... "the Secretary cf Housing and Urban Development to
set as his goal the establishmert -~'in every ghetto in America ==: °
. ora net ghberhood center to eaiviee the people who live there." ;
Accordingly initial steps tcward fulfilling this goal were
‘taken when, under Executive Order 11297 >» the Department or Housing -
ang Urban Development convened e meeting on August 30,: 1966; of |
, Federal agencies to develop a report to the President and initiate is
& program of action to meet the President's request.
As a result of aveeries of inter-agency meetings a*plan for
_ & program of pilot projects » which would become the first. step
toward the Pidasdent's! goal has been developed. This program:
will be designed and carried out along the-following lines. !
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‘Purvoses of a Hedenbornood Center
A neighborhood center shoulé facilitate the deliverance of
services to people in low-income neighborhoods and provide a broad
range of health, recreation, social and employment services.
More social, health, employzent, recreation, and education
services are needed in the poverty orcas; these services need to
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be Gecentralized to such areas to be most effectively used; and
these services- should be provi¢ed to the greatest extent possible
in the context of One-Stop or Tcivhborhood Center. -Such ea, center
would peeytas adequate deliver; of these services in a coherent,
coordinated manner, reach the uninformed, the isolated end alienated
' and provide a forum where the recds of the neighborhood can be
IIL. ‘Criteria for a Neishborhood Certer
Many variations are possivie in the design of neighborhood centers;
and local conditions, resources, needs, choices, and prograris will
determine specific solutions. To be considered a neighborhood center
for this pilot program, however , the facility must provide at a minimum
& program for the following services:
i. Information on citizens' rights and on hoe and where to get
services and assistance.
2. Diagnosis of problems end referral to seein agencies.
3. Follow-up or outreach for contimed counseling and services
4. Co-ordination among agencies (Federal, state, Localwpublie
and private) supplying services to the neighborhood.
5. Involvement by the neighborhood residents. |
Whenever feasible the program for these minimum services should be
expanded to include other types of services and activities, depending
» on the needs of the particular service erea. Among them are:
1 Social services. : |
2. A broad range of active and passive recreational facilities,
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Employment information, referral, counseling and training
Activities directed to the needs of senior oleaeeties
Health services includ:ne exemination and consultive services.
Non-curricular and remcdiel. cducation.
Decentralization of many City Hall service functions to the
Te physical size of the neighborhood center will depend oh the
Scope of the service program ii. is to house. In addition to the con="
cept of the nisi ghbacnooe center’ 2s a single building, consideration
may be given, where the neighborhood is small in area but dense in
povulation, to the concept of ¢. structure having many services sup- -
ported by other offices or sir .ctures providing supporting services.
A Neichborhnood Center Example
Although a center will have many components, such a facility must -
be organized and administrated in a coherent fashion... This would re-
| 1. Reception, referral, diagnosis, Zollow-up, outreach, and
related generalized seivices be performed through a comuon
reception and administiation system.
All or most of the comunity's social servis agencies pro-=
viding services of nee¢ to the neighborhood, should be aeeated’
in one building or witrin walking distance of each other.
‘3. If smaller information, and referral or service centers ©
are located in the neishborhced, they should be related
to the larger one-stop service conter.
A center would be designed in a flexible manner so that the space.
can be utilized to the optimum: end space areas would be designed to
serve multi-functions. The space would include meeting areas, offices.
for counseling services, speciilized service areas, and recreational -
facilities. A neighborhood ce:rser might contain:
1. <A CAA vrogram componen: which would focus on the organization
and participation of she residents of the neighborhood. It
ould be responsible for insuring that the other componerits sy
of the Center work to “che benefit and satisfaction or the -
neighborhood. Local C:irs might also provide services such
as legal aid.
Recreation services antl faciiities. This might tneluiie a
small outdoor recreation area , with a swimming pool when
warranted, and a milti-ourpose gymnasium.which could also
‘be asad. for large gatherings, including theatrical productions.
A preventative program of healta services which might inciude .
a prenatal clinic, a wall-baby clinic » & mental hygienic
clinic and an eanouacos'y health services clinic.
An educational and culiural component which would include
a re<2choah program o:' the Headstart variety, adult literacy, |
special adult classes i.s well as special library, music, art
and drama programs.
5. Employment services would te an integral part of the Center.
Information would be provided on the job opportunitics;
testing services and liaited job training services should be
available. In additior i job oriented programs such -
as che Job Corps, the Foichborhood Youth Corps, and the Work
and Training Program fcr nublic assistance clients might
also: be coordinated throuch this part 6f the Center.
Assistance with respect to housing and rclocation should be
provided in the Center. Informetion should be Eyaliatie on
relevant local housing Raat » and assistance: should be
offered to clients on sow to improve their homes, how to
secure adequate financing, and the availability of public
housing and integrated housing.
Family services and hore management is another important
component. Public welfzre case workers might operate ©
from the Center and prcvide advice and counseling to the
neighborhood. Family end marital counseling might be-
offered as well as consumer cducation, money management,
and homemaker services.
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