In episodes 1 and 2 of 'Intersections in Public Service', we established some key causes and effects of the affordable housing crisis. We aimed to put on spotlight on public servants providing solutions. In this episode, we find out how people like you can get involved in helping address the housing crisis. We went back and found out how you can help out with the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.
We also explore the Center for Survey Research's brand new project to help Central Virginians get involved in serving their community. In order for governments to make the best decisions, they need to have the best possible data. Survey research has become more and more expensive as traditional means of reaching people has become more difficult. That’s where Tom Guterbock comes in. He’s creating a new way for governments to get survey data: BeHeardCVA. Residents of Central Virginia are able to sign up, and later BeHeard will send them surveys with incentives. This allows residents to have their voices heard and allows the Cooper Center to collect accurate data quickly and cheaply.