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AnalysisofEastVillageCommunitySurvey

03/10/16

preparedby
AranzaNavarro

Abstract
Eastvillageisacommunitythatisinastageofdevelopment,thathasgreatpotentialandthat
certainlycouldbetheidealplacetolive.WeCivice3Highseniors,beingpartofthecommunity
wewanttocontributetoapositivedevelopment.Inordertodothat,wecreatedanddistributeda
surveytosomeresidentsofthisarea,bringingtogether364outof13,000peoplelivinginEast
VillagewiththehelpoftheEastVillageResidentsGroup.Thepurposeofthissurveyisto
understandtheresidentsperspectiveandperceptionoftheirplaceofliving,expandingourview
oftheneedsthatthecommunityhas,toknowandunderstandbetterpeoplesopinionregarding
thehomelessonthisarea.Aftercollectingourdata,itwasconcludedthatresidentsofEast
Villageundoubtedlyperceivethehomelessasabigprobleminthecommunity.InAdditionto
this,thecommunitydoesnotperceivethatthecityismakinganefforttoreducetheproblem.

Introduction

TheEastVillageisacommunityindowntownthatisDowntownSanDiegoslargest
neighborhoodencompassing130blocks,andburstintolifewithnewbuildings,businesses,night
anddaylifeplacesinthepasttwoyears.
Theseniorclassate3CivicHighhasbeendevelopingplansforbusinessesandservicesthatwill
positivelyimpactthecommunitybecausewearetargetingsomenecessitiesthatthecommunity
has.
WedesignedthesurveytogettoknowEastVillageresidentsopinionaboutourcommunityand
haveawiderperspectiveofwhatconcernthemabouttheirplaceofliving,howcanweimprove
theirlivingconditionsandhowtomakeEastVillageabettercommunity.

MyteamandIarefocusedonthehomelesspopulationofthisareainDowntown.Accordingto
statisticsofDowntownSanDiegoPartnershipMonthlyHomelessCount,theamountof
homelesspeoplelivinginEastVillagein2015wasinaverage457.Inordertohelpdiminishthe
problem,wewanttoeducatethehomelesspopulationprovidingthembasiceducationandjob
training,whileofferingthemhousingtoo.Wewanttohelpthisindividual'sstopsurvivingand
startliving.

DataCollectionMethods
Thedatathatwecollectedfromthedesignatedsurvey,wasdistributedtoresidentsbytheEast
VillageResidentsGroup,whoemailedthesurveytoeveryoneontheirmailingcontactlist.In
additiontothis,thesurveylinkwasalsopostedonsocialmedia,aswellastheDowntown
Newspaper.ItisnecessarytoconsiderthattheEastVillagehasapopulationofabout13,000
residentsandoursurveysamplesizewas364people,whichgivesourdataabouta7%errorrate.
OurclasscollectedandanalyzedsurveyresultsbyusingGooglesheets,doingcalculationsby
choosingthequestionsrelatedtotheirdesignatedproject.Inthisparticularcase,wearefocused
onpeoplesopinionofhomelessness.

Results
FigureA

ThehistograminFigureA,displaysthe
surveyresponsestothestatementI
feelsafelivingintheEastVillage.
Participantsansweredaccordingtoa
15scalewhethertheyagreeordisagree
withthestatement.1meaningstrongly
disagreeand5stronglyagree.The
meanofthedatasetis3withastandard
deviationof1.15,whichmeansthe
majorityofresponseswerebetween2and4.Thesurveyresultsalsoshowthat29.10%stated
theyfeelneutralaboutthisstatement,11.50%ofpeopleagreethattheyfeelsafelivinginthe
EastVillage,and9.30%disagreed.

FigureB
FigureBrepresentsthesurveyanswers
tothestatementIconsider
homelessnessintheEastVillagea
problem.Thegraphhasasinglepeak
at5,whichmeansthatitwasthemost
frequentresponse.Inotherwords,
83.20%ofthepeoplestronglyagree
thathomelessnessinEastVillageisa
problem.Thesurveyresultsshowthatonly0.80%disagreed.

FigureC
FigureCisadisplaysthe364
responsestothestatementIoftensee
peoplehelpingthehomelessintheEast
Village.Thereisapeakin3,which
meansthatmostofthepeopleanswer
neutraltothestatement.Themeanof
thedatasetis3withastandard
deviationof1.27,whichmeansthe
majorityofresponseswerebetween2
and4.


FigureD

FigureDdisplaysthehistogramshowingthe
frequencyofresponsestothestatement:I
viewthehomelessasathreatThisgraph
hasauniformspreadandindicatesavariety
ofresponses.Themeanresponsewas3with
astandarddeviationof1.30whichshows
thattheresponsesarewidelyspread.
However,26.70%oftheparticipants
answeredthattheystronglyagreewiththestatementandonly9.90%ofthemdisagreed.
FigureE
FigureErepresentsthefrequencyofthe
364responsestothestatementThecityis
takingnecessarymeasurestoaidthe
homelessThegraphclearlyshowsthat
38.40%oftheparticipantsdisagreewith
thestatement,meaningthatmostofthem
dontthinkthatthecityistakingactionto
improvethehomelessissueinEastVillage.
However,4.30%ofthemagreewiththestatement.

Conclusion
Throughcloseanalysisofthesurveyquestionspresentedbefore,wecangainanunderstanding
ofresidenceperspectiveofthehomelesspopulationintheEastVillage.FigureAshowsthat
overall,peoplefeelneutralorindifferentaboutsafetylivingintheEastVillage,whichcould
meanthattheydontfeeltotallysafe,buttheydontfeelthreatenedorindangertoo,soitcanbe
inferredthatsafetyinEastVillageismanagedcorrectly,butitcanbeimproved.InfigureB,the
overallanalysisconcludesthatmostoftheresidentsconsiderhomelessnessintheEastVillagea
problem.Itisclearthatcommunityperceivesthisissueinthestreets,inthetrolleystations
around,outsidethepubliclibrary,etc.InfigureC,wecanconcludethatmostofthesurvey
participantsdontoftenseepeoplehelpingthehomelessintheEastVillage.Moreresearch
shouldbedoneinthiscasebecauseitcannotbeprovedthattherearenopeoplehelpingthe
homeless,maybetherearehelpingthembuttheresidentsareindifferentaboutthefactorthey
arenotabletoperceivethem.InfigureD,theresultsprovethatmostviewthehomelessasa
threat,whichmeansthattheyarenotcomfortablewiththeirpresenceinthestreets.Areason
whypeoplefeelthiswaytowardsthehomelesspeoplemaybethatsomeofthemtrytointeract
oraskforhelpinthestreets.Lastbutnotleast,theoverallofFigureEshowsthatmostofthe
peopledisagreethatcityistakingnecessarymeasurestoaidthehomeless.Sowecansaythat
thecommunitywouldliketoseemoreeffortfromthecitytodiminishthehomelessproblemin
EastVillage.Overall,Eastvillageisanewlygentrifiedarea,andresidentslivingherefindahigh
volumeofhomelesspeoplewhenevertheygoouttothestreets.Thesurveyshowsthatthey
perceivethemasaproblemintheircommunity,andtheydontperceivethecityseffortsto
contributetothisissue.