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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

A hypothetical example clarifies how this diverse set of players and problems come together in practice. Suppose a family in public housing is both disrup- tive to its neighbors and is showing signs of child abuse. Police are called of- ten and, again hypothetically, mobilizer Angel Cruz becomes aware of the problem through conversations with other residents, through his own famili- arity with the neighborhood, and from other police who are involved in many repeat calls to the family in question. The disruption has also been noted by the Columbia Housing Authority. Officer Cruz meets with the family and re- fers them to the Family Service Center. The family begs out with the excuse that they simply cannot afford a baby sitter. Officer Cruz has a resource to deal with this problem. He has already contacted the job training program in the Boys and Girls Club and arranged for a teenage girl who has been trained as a baby sitter and who can be made available to the family. The family again balks and offers other objections if transportation isn’t available and the times are inconvenient. Officer Cruz has the answer for these stumbling blocks as well. Volunteers from local churches are on-call, prepared to drive anyone who needs transportation to receive services at any time. When the family then refuses transportation, it becomes clear they simply are using ex- cuses to avoid receiving help. In this hypothetical situation, given the prob- lems that the family has brought to the neighborhood, the Columbia Housing Authority is now prepared to insist the family either make itself available for help and desist the behavior that is disturbing the community, or be evicted from the housing development.

A listing and description of CCP funded programs is attached as Appendix A.

Marshell Johnson monitors service providers are held

these program elements.

Monthly meetings of

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direction.

Verbal

reports

at

these

meetings are given by representatives of the include basic client statistics and information velopment.

agencies, and written reports regarding overall program de-

As indicated above, the community mobilizers are a primary channel for the services of the agencies that comprise the CCP-based network (the spokes out of the hub of the wheel). What is much less clear at this time is how close a partnership exists among the agencies themselves (the rim of the wheel). Virtually all of the agencies have their own client and community networks independent of CCP (this was part of the reason they were selected). Clearly, Columbia CCP officials plan on expanding those networks—taking into ac- count the lessons learned in their Enterprise community and CCP grant writing and planning exercises.

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