United Way of Denton County

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April 2012

2011 Community Assets and Needs Assessment

Version 1.0

Steering Committee

Co-Chairs

Janet Mulroy & Bill Patterson

Education

Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng

Jenni Mabrey

Correne Lynch-Fierro

Dr. Abigail Tilton

Income

Janet Mulroy

Shirley Hensley

Barbara Ross

Brandon McCleskey

Health

Dr. Bing Burton

Janet Glowicz

Alice Masciarelli

Ellen Painter

Linda Szydlik

Elizabeth Johnson

Mona Elmar

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Asset Mapping

Joe Ader

Pat Smith

Chase Jacobs

Community Partners

Denton County Health Department

Denton Regional Medical Center

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton

The Village Church

Denton Bible Church

United Way Staff

Gary Henderson

Leah Jordan

Shannon Goleman

Traci Williamson

Theodore Yan

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Approach & Methodology

Include entire United Way of Denton County service area

Identify most pressing needs in each of three key focus areas

Identify available assets in each focus area

Produce data that supports activities (existing and potential) that will create positive lasting change in the community

Public & Private sector represented on Steering Committee

Discussion groups:

Business leaders

Service providers

Faith-based organizations

Door-to-door and online community survey (n = 447)

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Key Focus Areas

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Helping children and youth achieve their potential

Promoting financial stability and independence

Improving community physical and mental health

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Service Area

25 CITIES

Argyle

Aubrey

Bartonville

Bolivar

Copper Canyon

Corinth

Corral City

Crossroads

Denton

Dish

Double Oak

Hickory Creek

Justin

Krugerville

Krum

Lake Dallas

Lakewood Village

Lincoln Park

Little Elm

North Lake

Oak Point

Pilot Point

Ponder

Sanger

Shady Shores

10 ISDs

Argyle

Aubrey

Denton

Krum

Lake Dallas

Little Elm

Northwest

Pilot Point

Ponder

Sanger

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Demographic Findings

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Denton County

• UWDC Service Area population is 221,733 (about 1/3 of the county’s population)

• Denton County is the 9 th largest in Texas (growing by 53% in a decade)

• Denton is 13 th fastest growing city in the US

• Little Elm population grew 610% from 2000-2010

• Population is aging. Growth in 45+ age groups out-paced general population growth, while population in the 15-44 age group declined as a percentage.

• Population is more diverse. Most race/ethnicities out-paced general population growth in the city and county.

(2010 Census)

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Top Findings

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Denton County

• Historic funding cuts in public education in 2011 caused ISDs to access reserves.

• Economically disadvantaged student population of more than 20,000 - Over a three year period, all ISDs reported an increase. (see pg. 4 for list)

(TEA PEIMS Reports)

• At-risk student population - Currently 1 in 3 students in our service area are at risk of dropping out of school. Increased risk of drop out in all ISDs in service area.

(TEA PEIMS Reports)

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Top Findings

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Denton County

• Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English as a Second

Language (ESL) - Although Spanish speakers comprise the majority of LEP participants, Denton ISD has 36 separate languages spoken as a first language by these students.

(TEA PEIMS Reports)

• All ISDs in our service area are growing - double digit growth in

Denton, Krum, Little Elm and Northwest ISDs

(TEA PEIMS Reports)

• Percentage of population 25 years and older with no high school diploma is higher in the UWDC service area than in Denton County, averaging 13-16%

(2010 Census)

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Greatest Needs

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Denton County

• English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs for students and parents

• Adequate supplies and clothing for school children

• Spanish-speaking staff at service providers

• Job training for available industry jobs

• After school programs

• Preschool programs

• Qualified mentors and tutors

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Top Findings

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Denton County

• 42% of Denton County residents living in poverty live in the

UWDC service area

(2010 Census)

• Highest poverty rates were in female heads-of-household with children under age 5 - 24% + in Pilot Point, Sanger and

Denton area

(2010 Census)

• Affordable flexible childcare demand, especially for infants, exceeds current capacity

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Top Findings

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Denton County

Basic need requests like food and clothing are on the rise.

• Food Stamp cases and recipients have more than doubled since 2007

• Food-related requests were the #1 referral for the 2-1-1 hotline in 2011

(Denton County Homeless Coalition)

Emergency, transitional housing & shelter needs on the rise.

• Denton County Housing Authority has closed Section 8 waiting list due to 4-year wait

• Affordability threshold for occupied rental units was more than 40% in 5 communities

– Denton, Krum, Pilot Point, Sanger and Aubrey

(Department of HUD)

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Greatest Needs

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Denton County

• Affordable & flexible day care (evening care, accessibility)

• Youth and after-school activities

• Living wage jobs, sustainable income

• Vocational Training – technology & job skills to match local job market

• Basic Life & Self-Sufficiency Skills

• Household budget education

• Transportation

• Access to community services, auto repairs, expanded routes

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Top Findings

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Access to Health and Dental Care

• 17.2% of adults & 10.6% of children in Denton County lack health insurance

(Texas Department of State Health Services)

Preventive Care/Preventative Hospitalizations

• 1 in 4 births in the county received inadequate prenatal care

(March of Dimes)

• 1 in 5 Texans are obese and 2 of 3 are overweight or obese

(Denton County Health Department)

• Cost of preventable hospitalizations between 2005 and 2009 in Denton County was over $713 million

(Texas Department of State Health Services)

• Up to 29% of children in county have a body mass index

(BMI) that is considered too high

(Cooper Institute)

Elderly population expected to double over next 2 decades

(North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging)

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Greatest Needs

• Affordable & Accessible

• Health & Dental Care

• Preventive Care

• Nutrition Information

• Substance Abuse Prevention and

Rehabilitation Resources

• Mental Health services for depression

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Denton County

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