Community Needs Assessment
Is your community planning a major capital infrastructure investment project? Whether it be water, wastewater, parks and recreation, local transportation, economic development or housing; a community needs assessment, completed early in the project planning phase, provides a critical baseline of data for later comparison against project outcomes or phased implementation of your comprehensive or strategic plan. The inclusion of a needs assessment study in your state and/or federal funding application can greatly enhance your community’s chance for an award, as it assists in the justification of the need for external funding sources.
Income surveys can assist your community in qualifying for federal and state funding through grants or low interest loans, designed to help low income communities address a wide range of community development needs. As part of a funding application an income survey is often required as proof that a community is eligible for specific programs. Income surveys assist in the justification that on its own, your community cannot make the necessary infrastructure upgrades simply because the users would not be able to afford the rate increase that would be required for the improvements if the money was borrowed at market interest rates.
A sanitary survey provides a water or wastewater facility a comprehensive record of all operation and maintenance records, distribution information, recent samplings, pumping station and storage tank types, and operational expectancy; allowing a system to plan for regular maintenance. Also, as part of a sanitary survey a GIS map locates the wellheads, and provides a layout of all the zoning areas surrounding the wellheads and the system. Sanitary surveys are an important first step to asset management.
For more information, please contact Sarah Buck, Deputy Director, Community Resources: 978-630-6658, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.