East Utica residents included in National Community Impact Survey

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The HomeOwnership Center will survey over 1200 households in east Utica’s Center City neighborhoods as part of a multi-year, NeighborWorks® America effort to assess resident satisfaction and community development progress in socio-economically challenged areas across the US.

The local Community Impact Survey will occur by mail and door-to-door campaign over a ten-week period beginning the first week of June. Residents of the area east of Genesee Street, north of Pleasant Street, west of Steuben Street, and south of Clinton Street should expect to receive the survey by mail in the next two weeks.

“This first phase of the project involves gathering community input regarding resident satisfaction, concerns, and quality of life in their communities,” said Janice Forte, CEO at The HomeOwnership Center (HOC). “The goal is to monitor neighborhood conditions and promote positive changes over the next few years, in hopes of better understanding and fostering community development efforts that residents really want to see happen.”

The Center City neighborhood was chosen due to the high level of grassroots engagement by the area’s residents as well as the concurrent presence of other community-based initiatives that demonstrate high potential for neighborhood revitalization, including a recent Kemble Park redevelopment proposal, federally-funded community health indicators and community garden projects, new business development such as the Save-A-Lot grocery retailer, and wide-scale improvements in housing over the past few years, Forte said.

The local project is being sponsored by Daylight Donuts, Price Chopper, and Café Domenico, all of which have contributed gift cards that will be awarded to the first 80 households returning their completed survey to HOC.

Chartered in 1979 by NeighborWorks America, UNHS NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center promotes housing and community development through programs such as Home Buyer and Financial Literacy Education, housing counseling, low-income housing rehabilitation, and foreclosure prevention. The HOC provides services in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Otsego and Montgomery counties.

For more information about the Center City survey or other services provided by the agency, area residents may call 315-724-4197, Monday through Thursday.

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