Needs Assessment of Jamaica/Queens, New York

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Needs Assessment of Jamaica/Queens, New York

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Needs Assessment of Jamaica/Queens, New York

Following is a needs assessment for the community of Jamaica in Queens, New York. Needs assessment methodology must be comprised of four aspects, if it is to be committed to the powerless and foster social change. According to Rothman, Erlich & Troyman (270), these aspects include an emphasis on techniques that facilitate grouping and mobilizing citizens, techniques that promote collective activities, techniques that assist in the development of leadership, and techniques that involve the residents of the community in the entire research process.

The community of Jamaica is one of many that make up the borough of Queens. Jamaica lies in the center portion of the borough. (“Neighborhoods”) South Jamaica and St. Albans border it to the south. Briarwood, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica estates border it to the North. Hollis borders it to the east. And, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park border it to the west. (“Map”)

The borough of Queens is coterminous with the county of Queens in New York City, one of the first twelve counties established. In 1656, Jamaica was settled as a town, by the English under Dutch rule, in New Netherland. (“Jamaica”) It became a neighborhood in Queens County on November 1, 1683 and “was named for the queen consort, Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II.” (“Queens”) With a total population in 2000 of 2.2 million people, Jamaica holds the county seat.

The population density of Jamaica is approximately 20,000 residents per square mile. There is a wide variety of racial diversity in Jamaica. The ethic makeup of the community is approximately 44% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic or Latino, 20% black or African American, 17 ½% Asian, ½% Native American, 3/5% Pacific Islander, and the balance being of other ethnicity or a combination of ethnicities. (“Queens”) “English is spoken at home by the vast majority, followed by Spanish. Rounding out the top ten most common languages are Chinese, Korean, Italian, Greek, Russian, Tagalog, French, and French Creole according to the US Census 2000.” (“A Brief”)

The household composition of Jamaica is equally as diverse. Approxiamately 31.5% of households have children under the age of 18 living with them. Of these, 46.9% of households with minority children are married couples, while 16% have a female head of household with no husband present, and 31.3% are non-families. Approximately 25.6% of all households are single residents, and of these, 9.7% are 65 years old or older. “The average household size is 2.81 (members) and the average family size is 3.39.” (“Queens”)


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