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The City of Valdosta has begun the planning process for its 2025-2029 Consolidated Plan and 2025 Annual Action Plan. 
 
The Consolidated Plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is  related to the local receipt of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] Program. The purpose of this plan is to identify the City's needs related to housing, economic/community development, homeless persons, public facilities, and public services.
 
A key component of this process involves hearing from members of the public on issues of community and housing needs. The questions on the following pages are intended to serve this purpose. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. We will only report this information in combination with the other survey responses and in summary format to protect your privacy. Please do not place your name or other identifying information anywhere on the survey. Responses will be accepted until Tuesday, April 9, 2024.
 
You may discontinue your participation at any time without loss of benefits otherwise afforded to you. If you have any questions about the use of survey information, please contact the City of Valdosta, Valdosta City Hall Annex, 300 N. Lee St., Suite #206, Valdosta, GA 31601 or via phone at (229) 671-3617 or email at ariley@valdostacity.com.
 

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* 1. Are you completing this survey in a professional capacity related to the Housing or Community Development Sector?

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* 2. Please indicate the ZIP Code of your residence.

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* 3. The U.S. Census Bureau considers the following to be "minority groups:" Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.

Are you a member of one of the groups listed above?

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* 4. Please SELECT the ONE income range that most accurately reflects your total household income.

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* 5. Which is your age group?

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* 6. In which field(s) are you employed?

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* 7. Is a language other than English spoken regularly in your household?

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* 8. Does anyone in your household have a disability?

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* 9. How affordable is your current living situation? (Total cost of housing = rent or mortgage plus utilities)

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* 10. How satisfied are you with your current living situation?

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* 11. If you are not satisfied with your current living situation, what are the reasons for your dissatisfaction? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)

 
Too far from work
Too expensive
Too small
Too crowded
Unattractive area to live
Poor public transportation opportunities
Housing in poor condition
Unsafe area
Poor Public Schools in area
Not convenient to facilities such as medical services and retail areas

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* 12. What housing and community features are most important to you?

 
Safety
In your price range
Near your job
Near good schools
Includes sidewalks
Accessiblity
Near parks, libraries, recreation centers, shopping, medical 

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* 13. Please rank the following public facility and infrastructure needs in the City on a scale ranging from a low need to a high need.

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need
Community Centers and Facilities (i.e. Youth Centers, Senior Centers)
Child Care Centers
Community Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Cultural Centers
Health Care Facilities
Public Safety Offices (Fire, Police, Emergency Management)
Street, Road, or Sidewalk Improvements

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* 14. Please rank the following Economic/Community Development Needs in
the City on a scale ranging from a low need to a high need.

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need
Financial Assistance for Community Organizations
Financial Assistance to Entrepreneurs and Job Creators
Redevelopment/Rehabilitation/Demolition of Blighted Properties
Increase Code Enforcement Efforts
Historic Preservation Efforts

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* 15. What steps could the City take to improve your housing choices?

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* 16. Please rank the following housing needs in the City on a scale ranging from a low need to a high need.

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need
Down Payment Assistance/1st Time Homebuyer Program
Rehabilitation of Current Housing including Rental Units
Energy Efficiency Improvements to Current Housing
New Construction of Housing for Homeownership
New Construction of Affordable Rental Units

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* 17. Please rank the following homeless needs in the City on a scale ranging from a low need to a high need.

  Low Need Moderate Need High Need
Accessibility to Homeless Shelters
Programs to Prevent Homelessness
Transitional/Supportive Housing Programs

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* 18. Is Public Transportation to major employers available in your area?

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* 19. Does Public Transportation service coincide with work schedules at your place of employment?

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* 20. Is access to Public Transportation available in your neighborhood?

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* 21. Regarding public services provided in your community, which of the following do you feel are EQUALLY provided through all areas of the City? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)

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* 22. Regarding public services provided in your community, which of the following do you feel are NOT EQUALLY provided through all areas of the City? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)

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* 23. What is your current housing status?

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* 24. How much is your monthly rent or mortgage payment?

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* 25. If you have ever experienced difficulty in finding rental housing or achieving
homeownership due to a disability, indicate the type of barriers you have encountered.
(Check all that apply.)

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* 26. Since living in Valdosta, have you experienced housing discrimination?

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* 27. If you answered yes to the previous question, who discriminated against you?(CHECK ALL THAT
APPLY)

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* 28. Based on your response reporting that you have experienced discrimination, did you file a report of that discrimination?

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