Date

12-2017

Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Alicia Hernandez Sanchez

Abstract

South Monterey County’s poverty rate is exceptionally high. Soledad one of the area’s most populated city has 19.7 percent of its population living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). Greenfield has twenty-five percent of its population living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). Higher poverty rates are associated with a higher risk for social/health problems in communities. The purpose of the Monterey County’s Inequity: An Assessment of South County Needs project was to move Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey (CCDOM) forward in their plan to expand needed services to South County residents. Outcomes of the project include community participation in the needs assessment and presenting findings to the community, leaders, and agency staff. The Monterey County’s Inequity: An Assessment of South County Needs project was a community needs assessment done through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey’s Administration and Development Department. The implementation method was a needs survey to identify needs within Greenfield. Survey findings show a strong need for food assistance, programs for youth, and health insurance. A community input tool with solutions to food assistance was used to assess the community’s support for a solution. Respondents reported greater support for a community garden. Results confirmed food insecurity as a problem in Greenfield. Recommendations to the agency include service expansion to South County that address food insecurity. It is also recommended that the project be continued to build on the its findings.

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