Community & Household Needs Assessment

Social workers and outreach workers have the primary responsibility of knowing the needs in the communities and communicating them to our programs team, who is continuously reviewing our programs and activities to ensure we remain relative to the people we serve. The social services and outreach team—along with the help of our parent volunteers—conduct community surveys and census, household needs assessments, and refer families to various Purple Centers programs as well as to partner organizations.

The social work and outreach teams use five criteria for measuring household need and determining their eligibility for our programs. The criteria are:

  1. Drop-out siblings. If there are “out-of-school” youth in the households, i.e. children of school age, particularly elementary school age, that are no longer attending school
  2. Young siblings. If there are children younger than 4 years old in the household, which is a risk to school-aged children whose attendance and opportunities are often affected due to childcare responsibilities, even for students as young as 6-7 years old.
  3. Single parent/guardian. If the child lives with a single parent or a guardian, which increases their exposure to abuse and scarcity.
  4. Working student. If the child or a sibling is working regularly to contribute to the household income, which is a risk to school-aged children whose attendance and opportunities and exposure to risks are often affected due to the need to work.
  5. Chronic health issue in the family. A chronic health issue in the family exposes children to the risk of reduced income and the need to choose between education and working to support the family’s income.

Based on the these risk indicators, social workers refer children in the family to the most appropriate educational program for the individual child.