ERIC Number: ED096093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-24
Reference Count: N/A
Chenango Development Project -- Peoplemobile Project Evaluation.
In October 1970 the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and Cooperative Extension launched a research and action pilot program to improve the quality of life in Chenango County. High priority areas included the improvement of social services delivery and the increased participation of low income families in the economic, social, and political life of the county. The need for the Peoplemobile was suggested by the field staff and confirmed by research studies during the first year. It appeared that the persons most in need of help -- the rural poor -- were being helped the least. Therefore, the project staff obtained a used schoolbus and staffed it with college-age summer assistants with special areas of expertise (e.g., services offered by different agencies). The Peoplemobile took its first trip in June 1971, providing information to approximately 200 individuals or families. Overall, the evaluation of the project concluded that the Peoplemobile should be continued. Also, the project found evidence to suggest that: (1) there is need for a bridge between the rural poor and the agencies; (2) low income people sometimes need support in dealing with their problems; (3) low income persons need help, particularly legal, in clarifying their problems; and (4) the problem of helping agencies help the rural poor is an urgent and complex one. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cooperative Extension Service.; State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers - Location: New York