CDCs serve all types of communities. The majority of CDCs described serving an urban community (78%), though a large number classified their area as rural (41%) or suburban (35%). Many serve more than one type of community, which is logical considering half of responding CDCs have a multi-county or regional service area.
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“Other” responses included multiple neighborhoods, national and international.
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The survey asked CDCs which populations they target for services and programs. Almost all (76, or 93%) specifically intend to help low-income individuals and families. The next most frequently targeted population is actually moderate-income individuals (53 CDCs), closely followed by seniors (46), youth (35) and disabled/special needs (34).
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The survey asked CDCs to write what their most important method of outreach to their intended audiences was. Half described some form of general communication like written or email newsletters, flyers, social media and websites while 32% mentioned personal contact and door-to-door. Other outreach methods such as referrals from other agencies, workshops and word of mouth were fairly evenly distributed around 20% each.
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Beyond what CDCs offer to their communities, they also identified services their communities are still in need of. Needed services ranged from a scheduled bus route in Ogemaw County to MSHDA/HUD approved homebuyer counseling in the upper peninsula.