It is necessary to determine where you are to be able to accurately plan for the future. The planning department of the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) assesses the needs and strengths of the Erie County PA community through a comprehensive approach called the Needs Assessment. This includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau; the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); the Erie County Department of Human Services; other federal, state and local governmental sources; local faith‐based and community‐based organizations; and the participants in GECAC programs. Internet statistical retrieval and GIS analysis also are used to gather the best available demographics on the families and individuals who are in need of supportive services in Erie County. In this report, the source of any data presented is listed, along with an Internet address (when available), so that readers can verify statistics and get the most up‐to‐date information.
Needs Assessment (1512 KB)