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PEACE, Inc. 2024 Community Needs Assessment Onondaga County, New York

PEACE, Inc. is excited to release its 2024 Community Needs Assessment on Poverty in Onondaga County! Conducted and released publicly every 3 years, the assessment seeks to spur agency improvements, advocacy, and action. You can find the findings here:

Kresge BOOST: Advancing Multigenerational Family Economic Success

In a new brief, the national workgroup Jobs for the Future explores how community colleges and human services nonprofits such as PEACE, Inc. can partner -and have partnered- to advance multigenerational family economic success. The paper highlights insights and recommendations from six sites in The Kresge BOOST initiative working to change organization policies and practices and connect students with critical supports and career opportunities. PEACE, Inc. is proud of the work that it pursued in partnership with Onondaga Community College and other key workforce/education/human services entities, including but not limited to OnPoint for College, Onondaga County 2 Gen, LeMoyne College Erie 21, CNY Works, SUNY EOC, and OCM BOCES. It is also proud of the knowledge gained through the national cohort, the participating cities, and the initiative’s advisors and the ways it helped spur important internal reforms at the agency around workforce/education pathways as well as DEI.

To learn more about the BOOST initiative and PEACE, Inc’s involvement within it, read the report here: BOOST Policy Report

Community Needs Assessments

Every five years, PEACE, Inc. conducts a Community Needs Assessment as part of its ongoing management and strategic planning efforts. The needs assessment provides a comprehensive look at life in Onondaga County and will be used to realign the programs and services of PEACE, Inc. with the needs of the community to ensure that PEACE, Inc. is fulfilling its mission.
2016 Community Needs Assessment
2014 Community Needs Assessment

COVID-19 Community Needs Chronicle and Assessment

In response to the changing conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, PEACE, Inc. released a COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment. 
2020 COVID-19 Community Needs Chronicle and Assessment

2020-2021 Media Series on Poverty in Central New York

With their first release in August 2020, Todd Goehle (Planning and Community Engagement Manager, PEACE, Inc.) and Ocesa B. Keaton LMSW (Executive Director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. and OBK Strategic Engagement Strategies) have created a media series that explores poverty in Central New York. The essays, visuals, and media appearances seek to unpack topics and terms that are frequently discussed but perhaps not well understood. The series also presents accessible tools for community use, planning, and action.
August 2020: “What is Redlining? What is Urban Renewal? Inequality and Resistance in Mid-20th Century Syracuse.”
October 2020: “What is Rent Burden? Housing Instability and Hyper-Segregation in Central New York.”
October 2020: “Community Needs and Responses.” Syracuse Speaks Podcast Series. WAER Syracuse University, 88.3 FM.

Community Conversations: Returning to Work in 2021

Throughout the first 9 months of the COVID-19 Pandemic, PEACE, Inc. participated in the Syracuse Rapid Re-Employment Taskforce. Additionally, members of PEACE, Inc.’s community engagement department designed as well as analyzed focus groups consisting of unemployed and underemployed area residents. The focus group’s approach and findings can be found in the following report:
January 2021: Community Conversations Returning to Work in 2021

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