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Second round of surveys slated

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The first wave came about two weeks ago, and the second will hit this weekend.

Through the City of Brazil, Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) has started the process of applying for a Community Focus Fund Grant for the renovation of the old Brazil Junior High Gymnasium.

As part of the process, the City of Brazil started mailing out income surveys two weeks ago to the community, in order to help S.O.S. with the grant process.

City of Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times the first wave of income surveys was a success, as the city received 112 back from residents.

"We had some people call prior to sending them out," Gibbens said. "They wanted to come in and fill one out. But there's a methodology that goes with it.

"I am encouraged (people) are interested in the program."

Gibbens added the grant administrator, Donna Anderson, of Kenna Consulting, Indianapolis, had expected approximately 60 surveys to be returned.

Gibbens said the city would be mailing out approximately 225 more income surveys to residents beginning this weekend in addition to sending out reminders to those who may have already received the survey but did not send it back.

A total of 346 survey responses are needed in order for S.O.S. to qualify for the grant. There are approximately 4,000 households within the City of Brazil and Brazil Township where surveys may be sent. All income surveys will be mailed randomly.

Gibbens told The Times surveys would continue to be mailed until they receive the desired total.

The income survey includes the person's name, address and a phone number, day of survey completion, number of people in the household and income limits.

Gibbens said having officials going door-to-door is an option if they do not receive the necessary total of surveys.

She added the income surveys could be used again if the city or another entity chooses to apply for a grant.

This is the third time the local organization has applied for the grant. S.O.S. applied twice last year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

The grant is for $400,000, $100,000 less than last year. Officials told The Times funding was cut for the grant program this year.

In order to qualify for the grant, S.O.S. has to have a 10 percent match of $40,000. According to S.O.S. officials, the organization has raised approximately $6,000 so far.

According to officials, all proposals for the grant are due by the end of February.

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