Community Needs Assessment
From time to time Community in Action assesses the needs of low and moderate-income individuals and families within its service areas by creating a survey to determine needs, identify gaps in services, and to plan for future funding. Please take a moment to complete the survey so your input can be used. The survey will only take about five minutes to complete. Thank you.
Harney and Malheur Counties include small communities that typically lack the ability to compete with larger areas of the state for funding and larger scale employment opportunities. Subsequently, the communities tend to have higher poverty rates among adults and children and a high demand for services designed to help low and moderate-income people meet their basic needs. Malheur County includes 25.8% of its population under age 18 living in poverty and 11.6% of those 65 and older living in poverty. Harney County includes 11.19% of males and 9.86% of females living in poverty, in addition, there are 1412 people age 0-17 living in poverty in Harney County.
According to the US Census, Harney County is the largest county by land mass and one of the smallest in population estimating 7393 residents in 2019, which is less than one person per square mile. The population has changed slightly since 2010 and 24.9% of its residents are people over 65 years of age. Harney County's Race reflects as predominately White with a small Hispanic and Native American population included. Foreign born in these communities represent 1.3% of the population. Owner-occupied housing is reflected at 72.2% with median gross rent reported to be $648.00 per month, which is higher by $121 from the last survey in 2017. Median household income is reported at $40,735 as compared to the statewide average of $52,843.
According to the US Census, Malheur County is the second largest county by land mass and also one of the smallest in population including population estimated at 31,316 residents, which slightly over 3 people per square mile. The population has changed slightly since 2010. 16.8% of its residents are people over 65 years of age. Malheur County's Race reflects 60.1% White and 34.6% Hispanic or Latino. Foreign born in these communities represents 9.5% of the population. Owner occupied housing reflects 58.3% with median gross rent reported to be $688 per month, which is $84 higher than the last survey. Median household income is reported at $43,313 (almost $8,000 higher than 2017) as compared to the statewide average of $62,843.
The information gathered from this survey will help define future strategic planning for Community in Action and assist in evaluating relationships with sub-recipients. The results will be used to create public reports that will be accessible on the web site at
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