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Between March and May, 1965, 1112 families residing in nineteen census tracts in the City of Omaha were interviewed through the facilities of the Urban Studies Center of the Municipal University of Omaha with respect to various characteristics of their income, composition, and opinion as these items related to understanding the status of the econornica1ly underprivileged in their neighborhoods. The purpose of these interviews was to facilitate preparation of a community action program in Omaha capable of attacking some of the root causes of poverty and improving the conditions, present and future, of those families who were its victims. Quite obviously, improvement in economic conditions through appropriate policy decisions is dependent upon a diagnosis of the current character of those conditions. In great degree this diagnosis could be accomplished only through interviews with poverty families. These families were drawn from a sample of the population residing in the census tracts in which, according to information made available in the 1960 census for Omaha, ten percent or more of the families earned $3000 or less annually, and ten percent or more of the single persons earned $1500 or less during a like period. (A family is defined here as two or more persons living together and comprising a single household).


A Report Prepared for Greater Omaha Community Action, Inc.