2017 Community Needs Assessment

Addressing the needs of families and individuals in poverty in our service area is core to MACAA's mission and function as an agency. Every three years, MACAA embarks on a process to identify the current needs of those people living in poverty in our service area. The final report is called the Community Needs Assessment.

Data is collected from a variety of sources including a Community Needs Survey, interviews with community leaders, and the collection of secondary information from sources like the U.S. Census, the Virginia Dept. of Education, and our local health department (TJHD) and regional planning commissions (TJPDC).

On April 12, 2017, the Community Needs Survey was released to the residents of the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson.

As part of its required 2017 Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment, MACAA has released a survey to the residents of its service area to determine the needs and issues facing people in poverty in the region. Residents of any income level, race, age, gender, or educational status are encouraged to complete the short survey. Results of the survey are anonymous and will become part of a larger report shared with MACAA partners and here on MACAA’s website. This report will be used to inform and improve programs for low-income individuals and families in the region.

The survey is available both online here and in a paper version, available for pickup at each locality’s Department of Social Services office, at each of MACAA’s Rural Outreach centers, and at MACAA’s main office located at 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville.

Responses to the survey will be accepted until May 31, 2017.