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The P2P Community Update 10/5/2017
Poverty to Progress Action Goals
- Create a map to display childcare programs and locations to identify current areas of scarcity and development.
- Distribute surveys requesting input from local employers about their childcare concerns for employees, with an objective of gathering information about the challenges and barriers to employment in the community.
- Support the work of Lynchburg Together, a community group formed to support our City schools.
- Identify and connect community resources to the school division to create alternatives to suspension for identified students.
- Expand opportunities for Lynchburg’s youth to be better connected to a significant other within their family and/or to become connected to a positive adult role model outside of the family who will help them create a plan for achieving success.
- Ensure that when needed parents/guardians are recipients of coordinated wrap-around services that promote a family’s economic, social, educational, and mental health needs.
- Utilize community/college/faith-based assets in Lynchburg to create an informed tutor and mentor program for our students throughout their K-12 continuum. Work with schools/colleges/community groups to train volunteers/tutors/mentors and embed them with teachers to participate in each child’s success plan. Identify all available resources/programs and ensure that they coordinated.
- Improve kindergarten readiness by increasing access to quality Pre-K programs and promoting preschool literacy
- Create directory of Pre-K programs in Lynchburg, including cost, the number of openings, program features, quality metrics
- Partner with Reach Out and Read to achieve full, robust city-wide participation in this evidence-based program that promotes reading to preschoolers.
- Think creatively about broad alternatives to city-funded preschool, including lobbying State Legislature for funding to support universal Pre-K.
- Community support and outreach for the Oasis Project.
- Volunteer recruitment and organizational collaboration to strengthen food security for the elderly.
- Increasing awareness of and expanding summer feeding programs through partnerships with Lynchburg City Schools (LCS) nutrition program and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).
HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH
- Improve access to services.
- More effective communication across all areas of the community about the needs and issues regarding health and mental health.
- Establish a Housing Navigator Position
- Recommend that the position of Housing Navigator be established and housed at the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
- Position would be responsible for working with clients to assist in understanding housing resources that are available.
- Provide outreach to the community, landlords and other property owners.
- Provide a one-stop shop for clients.
- Conduct a study to identify factors that impact housing needs specific to our community and, to reflect the current status of housing (rentals) market.
- Data is critical to enhancing the understanding of what is happening in our community in regards to housing needs and identifying current resources and future needs.
- Data elements to include in this study should be the following; income rent burden, quality of affordable housing, how economic development effects housing.
- Engage the Virginia Housing & Development (VDHA) as possible fiscal agent.
- Increase public awareness of rights and resources to help individuals avoid entering the legal system.
- Assist inmates with re-entry.
- Increase community dialogue and education
- Directory of resources
- Research innovative programs and/or data collection
- Conduct surveys among the community concerning transportation issues.
- Develop collaborative databases to connect and coordinate existing services.
- Link Up – an interactive database to assist in gathering information
- and connecting individuals to available resources
- Move Up – a ride-sharing app to be available community wide
- Utilize and coordinate existing resources to develop a comprehensive “Employment Ready” training program: basic computer skills, interviewing skills (including resume development. basic financial literacy, “Employment Etiquette” (attendance, appearance, accountability).
- Establish “Second Chance” employment program.
- Partnership development with employers and municipalities
- Mentorship assignments