Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your perspectives and experiences.

This survey is being distributed throughout Erie County to gain input into many of the critical issues facing our community. Your insights and experiences will be invaluable as we begin to prioritize issues and seek better solutions for addressing our community's most pressing needs. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Every response matters! Your responses are completely confidential - there will be no way to identify responses with any individual.  

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* 1. For each of the following TRANSPORTATION challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Difficulty accessing public transportation
Difficulty affording public transportation
Limited or no access to a reliable vehicle
Difficulty affording car insurance

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* 2. For each of the following HOUSING challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Homelessness (living in a shelter, streets, car, any other location not designed for human occupancy or living with others but not by choice)
Eviction from place of residence
Difficulty affording utilities (heat, electric, water, sewer)
Difficulty affording rental rates
Difficulty affording mortgage
Difficulty affording home maintenance or repairs
Difficulty finding someone to perform basic home maintenance or repairs
Lack of knowledge about your rights as a renter

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* 3. For each of the following EMPLOYMENT challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Lack of job training opportunities
Availability of employment opportunities
Difficulty finding employment that matches my skills
Difficulty accessing employment due to transportation challenges
Difficulty finding employment with a wage that covers living expenses
Difficulty finding or maintaining a job due to child care challenges
Difficulty finding or maintaining a job due to a criminal record
Difficulty finding or maintaining a job due to a disability

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* 4. For each of the following HEALTH CARE challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Lack of available primary care/ family doctors
Area medical providers don't accept Medicaid or Medicare
Do not have health insurance
Difficulty affording health insurance
Difficulty affording dental services
Difficulty affording eye care
Difficulty affording prescriptions
Difficulty accessing mental health services
Difficulty accessing health care due to transportation challenges

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* 5. For each of the following Food or Nutrition challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Difficulty affording food of any type
Difficulty accessing food of any type
Difficulty affording fresh foods (meat, fruit, vegetables that are not canned, boxed or frozen)
Difficulty accessing fresh foods (meat, fruit, vegetables that are not canned, boxed or frozen)
Lack of knowledge about foods that are good for my health needs
Lack of knowledge about how to cook healthy meals
Inability to cook for myself or my family 

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* 6. For each of the following EDUCATION challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Limited availability of post-secondary (beyond high school) education or training programs
Difficulty affording additional training or education
Lack of information related to existing education and training opportunities
Difficulty affording child care to allow additional education or training
Limited availability of education leading towards a GED

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* 7. For each of the following SENIOR CITIZEN challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Elder abuse or neglect (physical, verbal, emotional or financial)
Difficulty with in-home accessibility related to physical limitations
Difficulty finding reliable transportation to needed services
Difficulty meeting basic needs
Limited availability of needed medical care
Social isolation from family and friends
Lack of knowledge on how to use technology
Lack of access to technology

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* 8. For each of the following CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Limited availability of pre-school opportunities
Affordability of pre-school opportunities
Preschool hours do not match work schedule
Limited availability of educational resources for children with special needs
K-12 school not meeting children's educational needs
Limited availability of K-12 educational alternatives
Lack of knowledge related to existing educational resources for children
Lack of internet access required for remote learning
Lack of knowledge to help children with their schooling
Limited time to help children with their schooling

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* 9. For each of the following YOUTH related challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Limited availability of youth mentoring opportunities
Limited availability of after-school programs
Limited availability of youth recreation opportunities
Difficulty accessing affordable youth programs and events
Limited supervision for school-age children home alone during remote learning

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* 10. For each of the following SOCIAL ISSUES challenges, please indicate if you or your immediate family experienced it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning, during the pandemic and/or if you are still experiencing the challenge. (Check ALL that apply.)

  Experienced in the year prior to the pandemic (March 2019 to February 2020) Currently experiencing Not experienced in the last 2 years
Adult drug abuse
Youth drug abuse
Alcohol abuse
Underage drinking
Domestic violence
Victim of a crime
Inability of afford assistance with a legal issue
Language barriers
Discrimination

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* 11. What do you feel are the THREE GREATEST CHALLENGES that will face our community in the next 3 years?

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* 12. What do you feel are the THREE GREAT CHALLENGES that YOU will face in the next 3 years?

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* 13. How frequently have you or your family received support from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) in the last 2 years? 

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* 14. If you have received assistance from GECAC, how satisfied were you with the services provided?

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* 15. What is the zip code where you currently live?

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* 16. How many people currently live in your house within the following age groups?

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* 17. What is your age range?

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* 18. What is your race? (select all that apply)

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* 19. What is your ethnicity?

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* 20. What is your approximate average household income?

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* 21. What is the highest level of education you have completed? 

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* 22. What is your housing situation?

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* 23. What is your current employment situation?

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* 24. Are you or anyone in your household a veteran?

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