Background

The City of Santa Monica, CA requests your participation in a brief survey designed to identify housing and economic development issues in the City.  As a recipient of federal funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Santa Monica, CA is required to  develop a 5-year comprehensive plan for housing and community development to determine the types of projects that should be financed in the future with federal housing and community development funds. The City of Santa Monica anticipates receiving additional funding from HUD this year.  The City's annual allocations over the past five years have averaged $1.07m (CDBG) and $434k (HOME) and have supported projects such as residential rehabilitation for low-income households, home modifications for low-income persons with disabilities, legal services for low-income residents, tenant-based rental assistance, street lighting improvements in low-income neighborhoods, and employment services for low-income and homeless persons.   Completing this survey will help us gain a more qualitative analysis of the knowledge, experiences, opinions and feelings of community members on these topics across the City.  

Your response to this survey is entirely confidential.  All personal responses will be completely anonymous to protect your identity.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey. Your input is important.  Feel free to forward this survey on to others.

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* 1. How long have you lived in Santa Monica?

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* 2. What is the zip code of where you live?

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* 3. In general, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the housing, safety, and environment of the area in which you live, or spend most of your time? Where 10 is the best and 1 is the worst.

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* 4. Which best describes your living situation?

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* 5. Have you experienced any of the following in the past two years? (Select all that apply.)

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* 6. What are barriers to good housing options in Santa Monica that you have experienced or observed? (Select all that apply.)

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* 7. The following list has some potential ways the City of Santa Monica could spend federal money to address HOUSING NEEDS. How high of a priority are the following needs to you? (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Providing decent, safe, affordable housing
Repairing homes owned by households with low or moderate incomes
Repairing apartments rented by households with low or moderate incomes
Building new rental apartments for households with low or moderate incomes
Providing housing opportunities for people that are homeless
Providing services for people that are homeless
Providing housing opportunities for people with special needs, like the frail elderly, or people with disabilities, alcohol or drug  addiction, or HIV/AIDS
Providing services for people with special needs, like the frail elderly, or people with disabilities, alcohol or drug addiction, or HIV/AIDS
Providing housing opportunities for individuals exiting incarceration or individuals with felony convictions/ criminal backgrounds
Providing services for individuals exiting incarceration or individuals with felony convictions/ criminal backgrounds
Providing housing opportunities for veterans
Providing services for veterans

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* 8. The following list has some potential ways the City of Santa Monica could spend federal money to address NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENTS. How high of a priority are the following needs to you? (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Building or improving neighborhood infrastructure including water and sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, and drainage
Assisting with the reduction of special assessment costs 
Eliminating environmental hazards such as trash, vacant or dilapidated buildings and overgrown lots
Upgrading parks and recreational facilities including access for people with disabilities
Providing resources for neighborhood organizing and leadership development
Providing assistance to neighborhoods for development of plans and strategies to encourage desirable development
Providing incentives for the development of neighborhood stores in under-served areas
Involving citizens in violence reduction and crime prevention efforts
Providing after-school programs and childcare for children and youth
Providing wellness programs for infants, youth and adults
Programming to address discrimination and support diversity

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* 9. The following list has some potential ways the City of Santa Monica could spend federal money to address ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. How high of a priority are the following needs to you?  (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Making low-interest business development loans to people with low or moderate incomes
Financing projects that increase jobs
Providing financing for job training programs

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* 10. Out of the following options, which do you feel are the top three most underfunded but have the greatest need?

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* 11. What is your gender?

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* 12. Transgender is an umbrella term that refers to people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Other identities considered to fall under this umbrella can include non-binary, gender fluid, and genderqueer – as well as many more.

Do you identify as transgender?

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* 13. What is your race? (Check all that apply)

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* 14. Are you of Hispanic or Latino origin?

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* 15. Do you have a disability or disabling condition?

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* 16. What is your annual household income (before taxes)? Choose one.

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* 17. What is your age?

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* 18. What is the highest level of formal education you completed?

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