Hope and Healing Fund Needs Assessment
The Center for the Study of Brooklyn was invited to work with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the United Way of New York City to create a needs assessment survey and reporting tool for their Hope and Healing Fund grantees- 12 community-based groups in Brooklyn serving Haitian immigrants- in the issue areas of Legal Services, Case Management, Education and Healing. The Hope and Healing Fund was created in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti to address the immediate and long term needs of the Haitian community in New York City.
To date, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn has facilitated a focus group, compiled responses from a questionnaire and meeting notes, and produced short and long form surveys, which were launched in August, 2010. As of January 2011, there were more than 1,500 total responses to both surveys, which were analyzed and included in "Beyond the Mountain- NYC Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund Report of the First Year."
"The speed with which the Center was able to produce this comprehensive report of the City's Haitian community was incredibly helpful in focusing our efforts, working with a group of local Haitian leaders and nonprofit executives to create the Hope and Healing Fund as a local response to the earthquake in Haiti. We used the Center's work to leverage $600,000 that funded services directly benefitting Brooklyn's Haitian community." - Marilyn Gelber, President, Brooklyn Community Foundation