Questions about Garden Homes Neighborhood

We want to learn more about what the Garden Homes community thinks.

This survey is for you if you live, work, worship or spend your free time in Garden Homes.

It will take you about ten minutes and the questions are about neighborhood unity, neighborhood conditions, crime and safety, and employment.

If you take the survey, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card to thank you for your time.

Your answers are confidential and will only be seen by the researcher who is helping with this survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and will not affect any services that you get. If any question makes you uncomfortable, you don’t need to answer. Please give your honest opinion, but “don’t know” is always an option.

When all the results are in, we’ll make them available to the residents.


* 1. Neighborhood Unity: 
First, what do you think about how residents of the Garden Homes neighborhood act toward each other?
Remember we are talking about here in the neighborhood, not in general. Please indicate  whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with the following questions. 
In the Garden Homes neighborhood….

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know/No Answer
Residents are courteous to each other
Resident are respectful of youth
Residents are respectful of adults
Residents are respectful of businesses
Residents are respectful of property
Residents trust each other
Residents know each other’s names

* 2. Neighborhood Conditions:
Next, are a list of problems that can sometimes be found in neighborhoods.
For each one, please indicate if you think it’s a problem here in Garden Homes. If it not a problem, the ranking would be closer to 1 and if you think it’s a big problem, it would be up to a 4. 

To what extent do you think these things are a problem in the Garden Homes neighborhood?

  Not A Problem
1
2 3 Serious Problem
4
Don't Know/
No Answer
Litter or trash on the sidewalk
Graffiti on buildings and walls
Abandoned cars
Loitering
Vacant, abandoned or boarded up buildings
Houses and yards that are not kept up

* 3. Economic Vitality:
Next are some statements about economic and employment issues. Using the same rating system where 1 is not a problem and 4 is a serious problem, please tell me to what extent you think they are a problem here in Garden Homes. 

To what extent do you think these things are a problem in the Garden Homes neighborhood?

  Not A Problem
1
2 3 Serious Problem
4
Don't Know/
No Answer
People are unemployed
People are working but do not make enough to support their families
Homeowners can't afford to keep up their homes
Renters do not take care of the properties
Absentee landlords don’t care for homes
Property values are going down
Homes are being foreclosed
No new businesses
No training for job skills
No jobs in the neighborhood
Lack of transportation to get to work
People don’t have high school diploma

* 4. Crime and Safety:
Using the same rating system where 1 is not a problem and 4 is a serious problem, please respond to these crime and safety issues for Garden Homes. 

To what extent do you think these things are a problem in the Garden Homes neighborhood?

  Not A Problem
1
2 3 Serious Problem
4
Don't Know/
No Answer
Speeding/ reckless driving
Running red lights/ stop signs
Walking alone during the day
Letting children go outside during the day
Letting children go outside at night
Drug dealers hanging around this neighborhood
Solicitation/prostitution
Shootings in this neighborhood
Robbery in this neighborhood
Murder in this neighborhood

* 5. In this last section are some things that neighbors often do to help other neighbors. Please reply and give your opinion on how often you think people in Garden Homes do these things.  Is it often, sometimes or never? 

Residents in the Garden Homes neighborhood...

  Often Sometimes Never Don't Know/No Answer
Join in a block clean-up in the neighborhood
Go to a neighborhood organization or block club meeting
Share tools and services for yard up-keep (shoveling, raking, lawn mowing)
Participate in community events
Share rides or transportation to school, church, work or voting
Help out with each other’s homes
Help out with each other’s children
Help out with elderly or ill neighbors
Share food or eat meals together
Celebrate holidays or birthdays together

* 6. Finally, to make sure we are getting good representation from the neighborhood, can you tell me if you are a:

* 7. Can you tell me how long you have lived in the Garden Homes neighborhood?

* 8. Which of the following best describes your employment status? (check all that apply)

* 9. Finally, which category best describes your age group?

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk with me today. Your answers will help to make Garden Homes a stronger neighborhood.

Raffle entry information is on the next page, with some information from the Garden Homes Steering Committee.

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