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Beaumont survey results won't be known for a month or more

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The results of a survey of residents in Northland's Beaumont neighborhood should be available in 30 to 60 days, the project manager announced last week at a gathering of representatives of nonprofit organizations.

Sandy LaFollette said at the eighth Nonprofit Summit convened by the Northland Alliance that when responses to 151 questions about safety, demographics and needed services are compiled by personnel at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, the resulting document will serve as a guide to nonprofit agencies in addressing unmet needs and working on collaborative efforts to help the Beaumont area.

The neighborhood was once a thriving community of single-family homes but is now ringed by inexpensive multifamily housing.

United Way of Central Ohio also is involved in the survey, modeled after one conducted in the Weinland Park area south of the OSU campus.

The Beaumont neighborhood where the survey was conducted last fall and winter is bounded on the north by Morse Road, Ferris Road to the south, Karl Road on the west and on the east by Cleveland Avenue.

The purpose of asking what LaFollette admitted were some "very nosy" questions was to get residents to identify the things their community needs.

Those conducting the survey found the neighborhood is a "big mix," with some residents who have lived in their homes for 40 years or more in the center of the area and others in the apartments on the perimeter who have just arrived in the United States as immigrants or refugees.

The perceived needs of these two groups are vastly different, LaFollette said.

She said the survey asked residents about such things as their age, nationality and native language; whether they own or rent, and do they live in a home or an apartment; do they have access to basic needs such as grocery stores and medical care; how much interaction they have with their neighbors; how safe do they feel and how much do they trust police officers.

The compiled results, LaFollette said, will provide "definitive, recorded, acceptable information we can use to get grants."

"We're really impressed with the cooperation of the neighborhood," she added.

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