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LaCasa surveys Chamberlain neighborhood residents on community satisfaction

More than 200 people living on the north side of Goshen answered survey questions to help LaCasa get to know the residents of the Chamberlain neighborhood better.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

GOSHEN — An organization that promotes affordable housing, homeownership and neighborhood revitalization is learning a thing or two about the Chamberlain neighborhood on the north side of Goshen.

LaCasa Inc. has surveyed residents, asking them to answer a series of questions about public services, safety and satisfaction with their neighborhood.

“This was a major undertaking for LaCasa and Chamberlain neighborhood,” LaCasa neighborhood outreach coordinator Julia King said. “Thanks to great cooperation, we know a lot more about the area.”

About 235 people were part of the community survey, and 85 percent reported that they feel safe and would recommend the neighborhood to others. The survey was the second in what will be a continuing series of questionnaires to gauge the health of the Chamberlain neighborhood, an area experiencing significant social and financial investment, according to LaCasa.

Since 2008, Chamberlain residents have created a neighborhood association, built a raised-bed community garden, painted a mural, hosted a community parade and held annual neighborhood cookouts.

LaCasa plans to sell three new homes and one rehabbed home in the neighborhood within the next year. The houses will be sold to homebuyers who meet income eligibility requirements and complete the organization’s free Homeownership and Financial Capabilities classes.

Julietta Munoz, one the survey takers, was randomly selected to win $150 in free groceries from Maple City Market for her participation. Munoz and her daughter have lived in Goshen for about five years, but had never been to the downtown grocery co-op.

“My mom always tells me that I should buy organic, so this is great,” Munoz’s daughter, Alex, said.

Maple City Market donated the gift certificate as an incentive for residents on the north side of the city to answer survey questions.

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