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2009 TUM TU M/ LA KE SPO KAN E

COMM UNI TY PO VE RTY RE DUC TI ON


SURVEY

The Tum Tum Horizons Leadership Team, comprised of your


Tum Tum/Lake Spokane area neighbors, is beginning to prepare a
strategic action plan to reduce poverty through the year 2012. (This is
the third and final development step in our 18-month long Horizons*
community leadership project which began in September 2008). The
first step is to survey residents and community members to see what
they feel are the most important and promising strategies to adopt.
The next, second step will be to hold two community meetings (June 9
& 16 at 6:00pm at the Tum Tum Community Center) to gather
additional public input and to write the action plan. Please plan on
attending and bring friends/neighbors!
Today, we’d like to invite you to take the following survey. All
answers are strictly confidential! All input will help us shape the above
mentioned Action Plan! Your input is very important and all ideas will
be considered in plan development.
This survey is organized around three guiding poverty reduction
goals identified by our funder, the Northwest Area Foundation. They
include: increased individual assets/wealth among low income people,
increased community capacity to achieve sustainable prosperity, and
improved public policy solutions to reduce poverty.

Let’s start with a little information about you:

1. How many years have you lived in the community? ________

2. Please indicate your gender and age: Male _____ Female


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18-24 ____ 25-34 ____ 35-44 ____ 45-54 ____ 55-64 ____ 65+ _____

3. Would you describe Tum Tum/Lake Spokane as a place where people mostly
help one another or a place where people mostly go their own way? Help
one another ___ Go their own way ___
4. Please identify your ethnic background: Caucasian/White _____ Mexican
American ____
Native American/Indian ____ Asian American _____ Latino/Hispanic
_____
Other (please specify)________________________________

*Horizons is a project of the Northwest Area Foundation managed through Washington State
University Extension. For more information contact community coach Patrick Malone at
509.279.5107 or pmalone.horizons@live.com.
5. Please check, and rate, the following activities/strategies which you believe
are “ important” to reducing poverty in Tum Tum/Lake Spokane by the year
2012 (please mark all that apply):
Very Important Important
Somewhat Important Not Important
Increased Individual Assets:
• Increase financial literacy/education _____ _____ _____
_____
• Promote earned income tax credit _____ _____ _____
_____
• Promote individual development accounts _____ _____ _____
_____
• Promote home repair/energy savings _____ _____ _____
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• Promote banking and savings _____ _____ _____
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• Promote homeownership _____ _____ _____
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• Promote self-employment _____ _____ _____
_ ____
• Promote micro-enterprise _____ _____ _____
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• Promote reduced health care costs _____ _____ _____
_____

Increased Community Capacity:


• Improve community leadership skills _____ _____ _____
_____
• Promote job expansion _____ _____ _____
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• Recruit new businesses _____ _____ _____
_____
• Start a “Buy Local” campaign _____ _____ _____
_____
• Reduce crime _____ _____
_____ _____
• Reduce drugs/alcohol/tobacco use _____ _____ _____
_____
• Create a buying cooperative _____ _____ _____
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• Expand workforce training _____ _____ _____
_____
• Create a youth jobs mentoring program _____ _____ _____
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• Improve community communication _____ _____ _____
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• Start a youth center _____ _____ _____
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• Start an entrepreneurship program _____ _____ _____
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• Increase tourism _____ _____
_____ _____
• Improve fixed income transportation _____ _____ _____
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• Promote community recreation _____ _____ _____
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Improved Public Policy:


• Increase funding for early, childhood ed ______ ______ ______
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• Enact a living wage ordinance ______ ______ ______
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• Enact first source hiring agreements ______ _____ _____
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• Lower taxes for business start-ups _____ ______ _____
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• Revise tax structure _____ ______ _____
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• Better fund economic development efforts _____ _____ _____
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• Promote renewable energy _____ _____ _____
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6. What ONE project, activity or strategy do you think the Tum Tum/Lake Spokane
area should undertake to most reduce poverty and promote community
prosperity? Explain:
_______________________________________________________________________________

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