Three months after the closure of a resource center for Omaha’s neighborhoods, the city is organizing a new effort to analyze neighborhoods’ needs.
Mayor Jim Suttle, along with other city officials and leaders of several neighborhood groups, announced Thursday that they will begin a “neighborhood needs assessment” process that will include surveys and community meetings.
The city will work with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Consortium for Organizational Research and Evaluation to analyze the information gathered from residents and community leaders. The $11,000 cost of the project will be funded with money the city had set aside for the Neighborhood Center, which closed in February.
City Councilman Chris Jerram, who helped organize a series of meetings with neighborhood leaders after the center ended its operations in Omaha, said neighborhood associations are still looking for help. The center provided a variety of services, ranging from offering printing facilities for newsletters to organizing pothole and graffiti-monitoring efforts.
“This is a group of people ... who did not want the Neighborhood Center, and particularly what it stood for, to die with the closure,” Jerram said.
Suttle said the city remains interested in assisting with those issues.
“This assessment is a key step in ensuring that our neighborhood associations remain active partners in the growth and development of our city for the long term,” he said.
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