Box 22, Folder 17, Document 26

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NEIGHBORHOOD Cf! :-:T?R PI LOT PRCGR/IJ-1
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Introduction
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Purpose of the pilot
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On Friday, August 19, the Pr ~sident in his Syracuse, New York,
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speech asked. • • "the Secretary c f I{ou3inc; and Urban Development to
set a.s his goal the est~blishmer: t --· in every ehetto .in A."llerica .-- ·
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of· a neighborhood center to service the people who· live there."
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Acco:..~din~ly initial_ steps tc ;.ro r o. fulfilling this · goal were
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taken when, under Executive OrdE t·. 11297, t he Department of: Housing ·
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a~ Urban Development convened a meetin3 on A~gust
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30,; 1966; of
1 Federal agencies to develop a rE DO~t to the President and initiate
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a · program of, action to meet the Pres ident's r equest.
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As a re sult of a serie s of :i n'cer-agency meetings a ·plan for ·
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a program ·o f pilot projects, wh::i ch would become the first-step
toward the President I s goal, haro bee_n developed.
This program ·
will be desi gned and carried out a long t he -f ollowing lines. ·
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ll. ·Purnoses of a Ne ighbor hood Cent o·
A neighborhood center shoulo facilitate the deliverance of
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services to people in low-inconc nei ghborhoods and .provide a broad
range of health, recreation, soc ial and employment service s .
More social, .health, employnent, recreation, and education
services are nee<l,ed in the pover.t y c).rc~$; t.he se services need to

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be· decentraliied to such areas to be moGt effectively used; and
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these se::c.-vices- should be provic c ,'i to t he r,rectest extent possible
in the context of One-Ston or T· ei. -1-,bo;:-1,oocl Center. ·. Such a center
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would :provide adequate deliver:i o'f: these services inn co~erent,
coordinated
manner, reach tne tni nformecl, the isolated and alienated'
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and :provide a .forum where the reeds of the neighborhood can 'be
· e:>.1)ressed.
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III.· Criteria for a Neir,hborhood Ccrtcr
¥.any variations are possfoJc in the design of neighbor~ood centerG;
and local conditions, resou=c0::., 1:ced.s , choices, and p;>:-og_ra.r.is will
determine specific solutions.
To be considered a neighborhood center
ror this pilot program, however ~ the facility must provide at a minimum
a :progrEUn for the following ser vices : .
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Inf'ormation on citizenr' ri5hts and on how and where to get
services and assistancE.
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Diagnosis of problems e nd referral to service agencies. ·
3. Follow-up or outreach


f 0 1· continued counseling .and services.


4. Co-ordination among aeEncies (Federal, State, local-public
a nd private) supplying cervi ce s to t he neighborhood:.
5. Involvement by t he ne i f hborhood resident s.
Whei;iever feasible the progrc1m for t hese ·r.iinirr.um · services should be
· expanded t o :t,nclude other t ype:: of services and acti vities, depend.i ng
on the needs of the particular ser·vice area.
1\lnong them are:
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Social services .
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A broad range of active end passive recr ~ational facilities .
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Employment informat i on. r c:E'm.·i·al , counceling and training
facili tics.





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Houcing ascistance.
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5. Acti vi tiec ·directed t o
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Health services includ:.ri~ cxcmi nution and consultive services.
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Cultural enrich.-nent.
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tl:c need.::; of tenior · ci tizer.s.
Non-curricular and remc·dfa1 education.
9. Decentralization of
r:m.1ty Ci ty Hall service functions to the
neighborhood.
The :fll'o/Sical size of t he nc·i c;hi)orhood center will depend oh the.
scope of the cervi ce progr am
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In addition to the con- ·
cept of the neighborhood centeJ· ~s a s incle building, consideration


raa.y be Given, wher e the neig:ioc,:;.·:1ood i s small in area but dense· i n


po:pulation, to the concept of r. ,st r uctu::-e havin~ many services supported by other· off ices or str.".ctu:..·e s p1·oviding su:p:porting services.
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A l':e ir.:hbm.· hood Center Exanrole
Although a cent er wi l l have mo.ny ccml)onents, such a facility :crc1.st ·
be organized a nd administrated · in a coherent f ashion... This would r e -
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Reception , referral, cb c:i.:snos i s , :follow -up , .outr~ach, and
related gener.a li zed se1 vices be performed through a com:non
reception and adminir.tlcJtion system.
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All or most of the comrunity's nocial s ervice agencies providing services of nee<' to the neighborhood . should be located
in one building or witl-·in waL'l<ing distance of each other.
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If smaller infonnation, u.::.ci. rc,fc-r;_·o.l or servi·c e center::;
are located in the r.ei,;l1L1orhcoc1 ) they snould
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to the larger one-stop :-;crvicc cer-.'ccr.
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A center would be design.eel i1; a flexible manner so that · the Sl)ace
·can be utilized to the optimum· &nd sriace areas would be· ·d esigned to
serve multi-functions. · The s:9acc ·.mule. i :'1.clude meeting areas, office$ .
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for counseling services, speci: llizecl service areas, and recreatior..al ·
facilities.
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A neighborhood cc:1-'.:.· cr micht contain:
A CAA :progra.'il componen-; i·ihich would f ocus on the organization
and participation o-1' t i tc 1·csic.ents of the neighborhood. · It
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would be responsible f,n· ic1suri:nc that th~ other components
of the Center work to · Ji.e i:lencfit and satisfaction of the ·
neighborhood.
Loca l Cl.J?s mi z,.~t a l s o provide services such
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Recreation ·services ancl fac ilities .
This might include a
small outdoor recreati,m a1·ea~ •,,ith a swinnning pool when
war-..canted , and a multi-·:9ur:pose gymnasium which could also
be used for large gath1 ir ings) . including theatrical proa.u·c ~ions.
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A preventative progra:.~ of healtn services which ·might i nclude
a prenatal clinic, a wc:11:-baby clinic, a mental hygienic
clinic and an ambul ato:·y health services clinic.
4. · An educational and cul~;ural com:9onent which would include
a pre-school program o:' the HeadGtart variety, adult literacy,
_special adult classes
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and drama ~ro&rams.
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special library, music, art
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5 • . Employment services wot: J.c: t e an inte.zral po.rt of the Center.
Information 'would be p:r0vi,;ec:
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the job opportuniticz;
testine; services and b ·.1:,.-::.ccl jo1) t:::.·o.ining services should be
available.
In additior, :::;peci:3.l jo·o oriented procra:-:is such
as the Job Corps, t he I• 2ic;i'.l:orl1ooci Yoath CorJ.)s, and the Work
and Training Proeram fer 91.1.blic assistance clients might
also-- be coordinated t~::m::;h this part of -the Center.
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6. Assistance wi -r.11 respect to hou::;j_n:; and rc:.location should be
provided in tne Center.
Ict'orn:e.tion should be available on
relevant local housinc r r ograms, and assistance,sha~ld be
o:':fered to clients on :: ow to :i:,,prove their homes, how to
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secw.·e ·adeQuate :financi ni, and the availability .of public
housing and integrated l1 ousing.
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Family services and hchz manac0men~ is another importan~
component.
Pulllic welf s.rc case wor l~crs might operate


from the Center and pre ·,iicle advice and counseling to the


neighborho~.
Family e ricl marital counseling might be ·
offered as well as cons ~~er education, money management,
and homemaker services.
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