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Entergy grant funds community needs assessment study

The Entergy Texas Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant to the Lamar University Community Outreach Program to develop Phase II of a needs assessment study for rural areas of Southeast Texas.  Elton Payne, LU outreach program manager, will utilize experts at the LU Center for Public Policy Studies to conduct the study targeting the predominantly rural areas of Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Chambers, Polk, Tyler, Liberty and Newton counties. A total of $16,200 has been awarded to the Outreach Program to conduct Phases I and II of the study.

“We hope the results of this study will improve the effectiveness of social service programs delivered throughout Southeast Texas,” said Payne.

The mission of the outreach program is to provide leadership development to empower individuals and families with knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and skills needed to achieve personal, social and economic self-sufficiency, and to enhance the neighborhoods and communities in which they reside.  The study will assess the personal, financial, health and wellness and other safety and security needs of individuals and families in the region.

The project will identify specific needs and produce data to support the programs and services of non-profit, for-profit, and citizen advocacy organizations and municipalities serving the citizens of the nine counties in the study. A final report will be developed as a resource to inform and guide area agencies in program planning. The report will be made available to the public via the Internet, compact disk and hard copy.

The study will enlist the service of undergraduate students from the LU Department of Political Science’s honors American government course, the advanced research methods course as well as seeking the assistance of graduate students from the master of public administration program to conduct related research.