In the fall of 2011, the Kellogg Foundation identified East Biloxi as one of three Mississippi communities where targeted efforts could be launched to improve the lives of children and families. Community advocates and residents were approached by the foundation to take up the challenge of identifying the greatest needs facing East Biloxi.
From October 2011 to May 2012, in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi, a series of focus groups was held throughout East Biloxi. Thus began the building of a community-based plan for working toward a long-term vision for East Biloxi’s future.
After exploring many complex issues, the East Biloxi Community Needs Assessment revealed five of the most critical focus areas:
- Civic Engagement
- Economic Security
- Neighborhood Viability
University researchers and East Biloxi stakeholders conducted five community-wide focus groups. After analysis, the results were released to the community for comment and review. To include as many East Biloxi voices as possible, targeted outreach was conducted and more community-wide meetings were organized in 2012.
To address and prioritize problems identified during the needs assessment, five subcommittees were established as the East Biloxi Community Collaborative. These subcommittees continue to carry the work forward.
Submitted to Moore Community House
by The School of Social Work
University of Southern Mississippi