Box 22, Folder 17, Document 26
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NEIGHBORHOON CENTNR PILOT PROGRAM
A. Purpose of the pilot progran n he ot
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 <=: °
. of a neighborhood center to service the people who live there."
Accordingly initial steps tcward fulfilling this goal were
‘taken when, under Executive Order 11297, the Department of Housing
and Urban Development convened ¢ meeting on August 30,: 1966; of
, Federal agencies to develop a report to the President and initiate °
& program of action to meet the President's request.
As a result of a series of inter-agency meetings a*plan for
a& program of pilot projects » which would become the first. step
toward the President's goal, has been developed. This program:
will be designed and carried out along the following lines.
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Purposes of a Neighborhood Center 2 ot
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
III. ‘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 ata minimum
& progran 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 ovher types of services and activities, depending
» on the needs of the particular service erea. Among them are: —
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2. A broad range of active and passive recreational facilities,
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3. Employment information, referral, counseling and training
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Bh Activities directed to the needs of senior oleaeeties
6. Health services includ:.ne exemination and consultive services.
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8. Non-curricular and rem-dial. education.
9. Decentralization of many City Hall service functions to the
The 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 cente:' 2s a single building, consideration
may be given, where the neighborhood is small in area but dense in
pooulation, to the concept of ¢. structure having many services sup- :
ported by other offices or sim .ctures providing supporting services.
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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.
2. All or most of the comunity's social servis agencies pro-
viding services of nee¢é to the neighborhood, should be aeeated’
in one building or witrin walking distance of each other.
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3. If smaller information, and referral or service centers
are located in the neishborhced, they should be related
to the larger one-stop service center. ;
| Se 5 A center would be designed in a flexible manner so that ‘the spece .
can be utilized to the optimum: and space areas would be designed to
serve enritaetuneeione, The spice vould include meeting areas, offices |
for counseling services, specinlized service areas, and recreational -
facilities. A neighborhood ce:ter might contain: 3
1. A CAA vrogram componen: sihich would. foeus. on ‘the organization
t Aa: and participation of she resicents of the Hed ambarhooas Lt
ould be responsible for insuring that the other componerits sy
mtd ik of the Center work to “che benefit and satisfaction or the -
neighborhood. Local C:irs might also provide services such
as legal aid.
2. Recreation services aml facilities. This might inp @
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.
3. A preventative program of health services which might include .
a prenatal clinic, a wall-baby clinic » & mental hygienic
clinic and an ambulato:y health services clinic.
4, An educational and cultural component which would include
a re<2choah program o:' the Headstart variety, adult literacy, |
special adult classes is 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 linived job training services should be
available. In additior, snecial job oriented programs such -
as vhe 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.
6. Assistance with respect to housing and relocation saould be
provided in the Center. Informetion should be Eyaliatie on
relevant local housing progrems, and assistance: should be
offered to clients on ow to improve their homes, how to
secure adequate financing, end the availability of public
housing and integrated housing.
7. Family services and hore management is another important
component. Public welfzre case workers might operate ©
from the Center and Srcvide advice and counseling to the
neighborhood. Family end maritel counseling might be-
offered as well as consumer education, money MeneheNentS
and homemaker services.
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