Housing Assistance and Supportive Services in Memphis. Focus Group Participants

01/05/2013

The intent of this project was to address service needs for people receiving housing assistance. As described above, this project has focused on HOPE VI relocatees because they are a known high-needs population and because households relocated via HOPE VI may have been removed from their previous resource and service networks. Based on case management and location data provided by Memphis HOPE, we identified three populations for our focus groups:

 

·         Focus group one: This group consisted of former Cleaborn Homes residents who currently live in zip code 38126. We choose to limit this group to Cleaborn Homes residents to concentrate on a group that has more recently been relocated and actively involved in initial case management activities. (Residents from the other two HOPE VI sites in the Memphis HOPE case management data we examined were initially relocated five or more years ago.)

·         Focus groups two and three: These groups consisted of a combination of residents from Lamar Terrace, Dixie Homes, and Cleaborn Homes, and were geographically based. We conducted one focus group with adults living in the 38127 zip code (Frayser area of North Memphis) and one with adults living in 38106/38109 (South Memphis area).

 

Memphis HOPE conducted the recruitment for focus group participants and provided assistance in arranging transportation. (A more detailed description of research methods, including selection and recruitment criteria, is available in appendix A, along with protocols, consent forms, and recruitment script).

 

Descriptive Information about Focus Group Participants. The three focus groups included a total of 26 people.

 

  • 24 women, 2 men
  • 25 black, 1 white
  • Approximately 40 percent were 62 or older
  • Most participants said that they had less than a high school education, and only a few reported having earned their GED.
  • Some participants lived alone (several seniors, but also a few younger single people on disability), while others had households that included family beyond their immediate family.
  • A few residents lived in public housing, but most used HCVs in single-family housing or apartments. Most were receiving SNAP, though some seniors received as little as $25.
  • Four people reported that they had their own cars. Only a few relied on public transportation (i.e., the bus system), while most relied on friends, family, or others they pay to transport them.
  • Only one was currently employed, only part-time.

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