Sense of Community, Helping One Another, Basic Needs

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Ends on: Friday, April 1, 2011

The Sense of Community, Helping One Another and Basic Needs Quality of Life Indicators help us measure an Alexandria where building a sense of community & helping one another - especially in meeting basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and affordable housing - is a priority for each individual.

What are Quality of Life Indicators?

The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria is collaborating wtih ACT for Alexandria and Virginia Tech to develop a better way to inform key decisions in Alexandria – through “quality of life indicators.” Quality of life indicators are the answers to the question, “What matters most to the people who live in Alexandria?”

How do I vote?

To vote for the indicators in this category, you must register on ACTion Alexandria. You have a total of 10 votes to assign in each indicator category, and can assign those votes to as many or as few indicators in each category as you like. Simple click on the "Add Your Vote" link under each solution to vote.

What will you do with my responses?

Your votes will be collected and combined with feedback from two Speak Up! Take ACTion! townhall meetings and summarized on ACTion Alexandria by the sponsoring organizations on April 18th. For more information on how the Quality of Life Indicators project, visit Community Health Assessment of MAPP. 

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Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# of new, affordable rental units in conjunction with new developments

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Alexandria Affordable Housing Workgroup)

30 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

% residents who report volunteering in last 12 months

(Helping One Another, source: Volunteer Alexandria survey)

11 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

#  homeless persons (in shelter and out of shelter)

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Annual Homeless Point-in-time-count Department of Community & Human Services)

8 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

Price to income ratio/percentage of income paid towards housing

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source:  Office of Housing)

7 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

% voter turnout in Alexandria

(Sense of Community, Source: TBD)

6 Votes
Drew Bewick
3/4/2011

Num of non-profit organizations / total organizations based in city of Alexandria.  Non-profits typically are best at solving problems communities care about most.

6 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# days in Alexandria homeless shelters

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Annual Point-in-time-count Department of Community & Human Services)

5 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# of hours spent volunteering in past year, among those who volunteer in Alexandria

(Helping One Another, Source: Volunteer Alexandria survey)

5 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

% children whose parents have been involved in at least one of four types of activities at school in past 12 months: attending general meetings, attending a school event, or acting as a volunteer or serving on a committee.

(Sense of Community, Source: Alexandria City Public Schools)

5 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

% residents who report they feel there is a strong "sense of community" in Alexandria

(Sense of Community, Source survey TBD)

5 Votes
Drew Bewick
3/4/2011

Num of non-profit organizations / total organizations based in city of Alexandria.  Non-profits typically are best at solving problems communities care about most.

6 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# of new, affordable rental units in conjunction with new developments

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Alexandria Affordable Housing Workgroup)

30 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# Food stamp recipients

(Food Assistance, Source: Virginia Department of Social Service and Department of Community and Human Services)

1 Vote
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# residents utilizing food bank

(Food Assistance, Source: TBD)

0 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

% children receiving free and reduced cost meals at school

(Food Assistance, Source: Alexandria City Public Schools)

1 Vote
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# foreclosures

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Office of Housing

0 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

Median gross rent in Alexandria

(Shelter & Housing, Source: Office of Housiing)

5 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# housing units available for households earning below 50% of median income

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Office of Housing)

4 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

Price to income ratio/percentage of income paid towards housing

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source:  Office of Housing)

7 Votes
Tracy Viselli
2/4/2011

# existing privately owned market affordable rental units

(Shelter & Affordable Housing, Source: Alexandria Affordable Housing Initiatives Workgroup)

0 Votes