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Running on Empty: Services and Citizens Stretched to the Limit

1 January 2012

Abstract

The Washington County Anti-Poverty Workgroup initially conducted a needs assessment in 2008. For many, this was prior to experiencing the full affect of the recent economic recession. Therefore, the workgroup wished to conduct a second assessment to explore the extent of that impact and compare findings to the earlier work. To accomplish this, individuals participating in a variety of local social services were recruited to participate in a focus groups or individual interviews. During those discussions, participants were asked to respond to questions on overall family well-being, evaluating services, economic well-being (specifically in the areas of housing and employment), and ways in which services could be improved. This report presents the findings from this project.


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