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Economic Opportunity Board of Clark County (Nev.) monthly reports




1971-03-19 to 1973-01-17


From the Clark County Economic Opportunity Board Records -- Series I. Administrative. This folder contains monthly reports from various program coordinators to the Economic Opportunity Board of Clark County, Nevada from 1971 through 1973

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man000546. Clark County Economic Opportunity Board Records, 1962-1973. MS-00016. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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TO: E.O.B. Members
FROM: Hazel Geran, Head Start Coordinator
DATE: March 19, 1971
During the month of March, the Head Start staff of Clark County has been involved in in-service training sessions for upgrading them in the classroom, and evaluating techniques.
The first session was conducted by Miss Anne Warren, Regional Representative for Supplementary Training Associates of Berkley, California. This workshop was to discuss the evaluation criteria for supplementary training.
On March f7th and 18th, a training session was conducted on evaluating techniques of the educational component of Head Start. This session was Mr. Jerry Johnson, the regional training officer for Nevada.
On March 19th, a training session on Career Development was conducted by Mr. Mike AI camo, the Coordinator/Director of the Head Start Program in Washoe County, Reno, Nevada.
Also visiting the Head Start Program this month was Miss Judy Kilmartin, the Community Representative for the office of Child Development in San Francisco, California. The purpose of Miss Kilmartin's visit was to review the special conditions in the 1971 grant with the grantee and delegate agency directors. A tour of all Head Start Centers was made by the Community Representative and the Regional Training Officer, during their visits to the program.
Center II at 1712 McDonald Court, North Las Vegas was closed on February 27, 1971. There were 24 children enrolled. This center is in the process of being relocated in a different area. The most needy children have been temporarily absorbed in Center I located at 2201 N. Concord, Las Vegas, and center I I I at 330 West Washington. Two of these children were transferred to center I bringing its.present enrollment to 35. Ten were transferred to center III bringing that enrollment to 40. One third of 0.1. staff has also been terminated temporari ly due to the closing of the center.
March 19, 1971
FROM: Mr. Francis Edwards'
This month, emphasis was placed on complying with the letter from the Executive Board of the Economic Opportunity Board, dated January 27, 1971.
There have been meetings held at each Council area. We have had the Concultants from ATAC to assist us in the formulating of a viable Board.
Some of the information that "the Community Organizers have collected on the community will be as follows:
The number of contacts made:
Total Number Male Ferna Ie
70 J? 38
The main complaints listed by the Target Area residents were:
The need for more Youth Programs for all ages.
A crack-down on drugs
More support from the public.
Better changes for employment for minorities.
Rent control throughout the state.
A need for control on the power bills.
Less exploitation of home buyers.
The need for more street lights In the area.
More need of State Aid.
Better jobs and training.
More play facilities for children.
More 0E0 Programs to meet the needs of the poor.
We have been having some problems in trying to formulate our Neighborhood Council commitments but at this point, I feel that we are on the road to completing this task.
I am in hopes that you will have a better outlook from this report of the people within the Target Area.
Mr. Francis Edwards
Project Di rector
Joint Neighborhood Council
FROM: Faye Mullen, Youth Coordinator
The Youth staff has been involved in Job Development activities during this re-
.^orting period. Our efforts have not been the following placements have been made:
The Guild Theater
Grant's Store, North Las Vegas Food Fair, Golden West
as productive as we would like, however,
Two counter girls
One stock man One stock man
Potential employers contacted have reported, due to the down trend of business, adults are competing with the youth for all jobs available. However, as soon as their business picks up, they are receptive to hiring the young people.
The staff and Mr. Q. R. Hand, trainer for ATAC, have held training sessions for the Liaisan Workers and Youth Council members. The training included report writing, and this past Saturday all plans were completed for the EOB Youth Day. Committees were formed and each youth knows his responsibilities to make this day a success.
The Youth Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on Saturday, March 13, 1971, at the EOB office. Debra Gentry and three Community Aides from the Extension Service of UNLV spoke to the Council Members about the Nutrition program. They hope to generate some interest amoung the West -Las- Vegas youth in the nutrition program.
As a followup to the Drug Seminar held in February, Vincent has involved himself in the F.O.C.U.S. program, in the hope of developing a similar program for the youth of the west side community. We have discussed the feasibility of getting some type of intensive drug program for the west side youth. There is another TV program tentatively scheduled involving the participants in the EOB Drug Seminar.
We have been involved with the NYC in-school program in order to develop some type of summer- training programs. One tentative program to train youths at a filling station was temporarily set back by the company leasing the facility we intended to use. Further inquiries are being made to find another site.
Schoo Is:
There are still some problems present in the local high schools which directly effect the youths of this community. Recently there has been a rash of fights at Rancho High, but with the help of Lee White, we hope to quiet them before they grow.
FM: i w
to All Economic Opportunity Board Members
from Peggy Smith, Community Organizat ion'Troject Supervisor
oat e_____ Janua ry 16, 1973
RE January Monthly Program Report
The Community Organization Project staff ended its years’ activity with the accomplishment of a survey of families with children below eight years old.
This survey was required by HEW to be used for future Headstart Program Planning. Information obtained in this survey data might be useful in programs other than Headstart. Three thousand seven hundred and one (3,771) were contacted to reflect 661 useful contacts (for purposes of this survey), data was taken only on families with children under eight years old. Fifteen emergency employees were assigned to the CO to assist in accomplishing this survey within a fourty-hour work period.
The councils each formally requested interruption of their meetings schedules during the holiday season, to be resumed after the first of the year.
During this report time, the CO staff have been engaged .in training and regrouping their resources for accomplishment of the 1973 work program; both on and off-site training sessions were held with each of the following agencies:
Nevada State Parole Services
Catholic Welfare Services
Clark County School District
Adult Education Division
■ 5. Social Security Administration
The resignation of three CO staff members necessitates a'temporary interruption of training until replacements for these vacant positions are made.
The collection of material to form a data bank has used approximately 17 manhours during December and January. This data will prove of great value to many community groups and individuals in developing directions thru available community resources.
Thirty applications for enrollment in the tutorial program were followed-up, and parents were given instructions concerning their childrens’ attendance.
Program Evaluations were made to the Planning and Program Committee, and are on file for your i n format Im .
Goals are being met on a continuing basis and we anticipate the accomplishment of all approved program objectives on schedule.
TO: Economic Opportunity Board Board of Trustees
FROM: B. Mahlon Brown, III Executive Attorney Clark County Legal Services
RE: Monthly Report
The Clark County Legal Services Program opened 89
cases m the month of December, 1972. There were 577
cases brought forward from November, for a total of 666
aa:«al ofe^Wer%113 CaS\S = ’—d'during ^ month Laving a total of 553 pending at the end of the s
attorneys made 7 court appearances, 3 of which was lost, and 2 settled. One case
The following gives some statistics opened cases of December.
which were won, 1 is still pending, of the newly
Legal Problems by Type:
Age Groups of Applicants:
65 and over
Applicants on Welfare:
Sex of Applicants:
Number Accepted:
1 11
50 22
Male Female
Racial/Ethnic Groups:
TO: Economic Opportunity Board Board of Trustees
FROM: B. Mahlon Brown, III Executive Attorney Clark County Legal Services
RE: Quarterly Report
October 1-December 31, 1972
The Ciprk County Legal Services Program hereby submits the following narrative report for the last quarter of the year 1972.
The Clark County Legal Services Program was faced with serious financial problems during the last quarter of 1972, and was tofd that a program totally underfunded and understaffed must live on a budget of almost $15,000 a year less. In addition to that catastrophe we, as many others, were denied GSA buying privileges. This will mean a 3 to 4 times increase in the cost of office supplies and materials. We have received relief for some of these problems from thecBoard of Commissioners of Clark County. Most important is the fact that the Economic Opportunity Board of Directors and the Administrative Staff of our local CAP, though apparently sympathetic, were unable and/or incapable of doing anything about these calamities. The system sweeps into town, chops up the Legal Services Program, and all the GAP can do is watch. Serious consideration should be given to the implications pf this condition.
The office continued in its program of pacification and brought temporary relief to many of the wonderful poor people of Clark County. Included among the major accomplishments and defeats were a loss in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court refuses to hear a case appealed by this office from an adverse decision of the Supreme Court of Nevada. The Cuban Refugee Program problems were finalized, bringing new relief to some 5,000 people (Carbonell v. Miller). The Program’s intense involvement in ’’Operation Life" continued, including the obtaining of "tax-exempt" status for the project, negotiation of various contracts, and obtaining certain grants to the operation.
The entire staff has involved itself in compiling various legislative materials, and assisting different community groups preparing to influence the current legislature |n hopes that for the first time poor people may reap some real and lasting benefits from State government. Examples are reforms in Landlord- Tenant laws, consumer protection, and welfare administration and welfare benefits. We feel quite optimistic about much of this legislation.
Of great significance is the current rent strike now taking place by the tenants of Madison Terrace Apartments> Legal Services is acting in an advisory capacity to these marvelous people who have stood up and challenged a very ugly and prevalent institution within our community--"Slum-lordism". This fs the second-longest running rent strike currently in operation in the United States,
CLARK COUNTY LEGAL SERVICES Quarterly Report, Oct.-Dec. 1972
Page 2
and continues to be successful. It is no surprise to anyone concerned that the inordinate amount of substandard housing that exists throughout Clark County is making many dollars for some very scurrilous individuals. They must be challenged, not ignored.
The program recently won a significant victory administratively with the State Welfare Department. The Department now extends to certain ADC recipients medical benefits previously granted only to OAA and AB recipients. I think, but am not sure, that we are happy to announce that the won/lost record at Welfare hearings has risen in the last quarter from 5% wins to 50% wins.
Members of the staff continue to involve themselves in various community activities, including participation in informative radio and television programs, workshops, and public meetings.
The VISTA component assigned to CCWRO, PPPT and TPT continues in its efforts to render day-to-day relief to our people by doing grievance work, providing transportation and general community involvement and organization. One VISTA was actively engaged in the preparation and presentation of the Food Stamp Program to a gathering of State Legislators. Other VISTAs have been actively involved in the previously mentioned rent-strike. The VISTAs in Henderson are tremendously involved in whatever it is that is going on with regards to the sale of Carver Park. No one knows for sure what they are up to yet, but we do know that it will result in less low-income housing for our people. "Whether the bottle hits the rock or the rock hits the bottle, it’s going to be bad for the bottle."
The program is presently involved in two very important Welfare cases, one in7’Federal Court and the other in State Court. The latter challenges the fairness of Welfare Department ”fair"(?) hearings. The former challenges the Welfare Departinent's policy of starving children in order to instill good bookkeeping habits in the parent; Osterman v. Miller and Stinnett y. Miller respectively. A class action Temporary Restraining Order has already been issued in the federal case.
The program continues to carry a caseload equal to programs three times its size, but there is apparently nothing anybody wants to do about that.
In the struggle (and floundering) B. MAHLON BROWN, III Executive Attorney
TO: Members of The Board
FROM: Ver I I a M. Davis,
Social Services Division Coordinator
RE: Social Services Division Monthly Report
We are appreciative of the kind words of commendation for the Family Planning presentation to you last month and look forward to our next appearance.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new Doctor in town who will, (we hope) be able to help us get the Maternal and Infant Care project off the ground.
Senior Citizens are about to begin a new year of activities, along with some of last years. Watch for their doings and please try to attend their affairs. It means so much to them and to us.
Family PIanning/HeaI th Services Program
Esther Bradshaw, Supervisor
Their was a decrease in numbers of clients in the Clinics during the month of December.
to a lack of Physician time during the month of December, less clinics were operated and less clients were seen. Accelerated outreach has begun to try and increase participation in the Immunization Clinic. Immunization Clinics are now held only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We provided services to Headstart children attending the Presbyterian Center by performing Sickle Cell Screening, Urinalysis and hematocrits.
We received from 0E0, a 4-5 month extension for the implementation of the Maternal and Infant Care Clinic. This additional time will allow us to attempt to recruit a full time paid Physician.
The Physician would also serve the Headstart, NYC and CEP projects.
Total clients served
West Las Vegas - 105 116
North Las Vegas 12 41
Henderson - 22 50
TO: Members of the Board - from Verlia Davis Social Services Division Monthly Report January 16, 1973
Page 2
Family Planning/Health Services - Esther Bradshaw (Continued)
Total clients seen in all Clinics 1972
was 2973 Quota 2550
Total Immunizations 1972 868
Foster Grandparent Program
David Watts, Supervisor
Foster Grandparents continued to serve most effectively in our host agencies. Most of them voluntarily worked on the holidays because the children needed them. Also, they had a lively time at the Chanukah-Christmas Party.
A feature of the month was the recruiting, screening and beginning of Orientation for 25 Foster Grandparent prospects. By the time of the Board meeting we will have the program filled to capacity, as well as having a trained corps of Foster Grandparents for each host agency from which replacements may be made as necessary. We have doubled the number of blacks in the Program as a result of this recruiting. We will continue our efforts to get Latin-Americans in the Program. Thanks to the radio and television stations for their help in publicizing our recruiting efforts.
Senior Citizen Program
Hazel Geran, Supervisor
We wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 1973. We hope that all of you who attended our Christmas Party, (Approximately 100) had an enjoyable time. After the Party the Senior Citizens distributed 400 baskets to local convalescent homes, and to Senior Citizens in Henderson. We were able to accomplish the above with donations, and assistance from the following: Las Vegas Housing Authority, World-Wide Wholesalers’, Alstate Enterprises, Riveria Hotel, and to the Foster Grandparent Program for donating the tree, and most of the decorations. A great big Thanks to those who gave so much time and help made the party a success; Especially the students from the CVT Gilbert School who presented an enjoyable program, under the direction of Mrs. Lajuana Bai ley.
We are happy to announce that the Hot Lunch Program has been very successful in the Senior Center, we are presently serving from
TO: Members of The Board - from Verlia Davis Social Services Division Monthly Report January 16, 1973
Page 3
Senior Citizens Program - Hazel Geran (Continued)
North Las Vegas and West Las Vegas, 25 to 30 people daily.
This program provides social activities as well as meals and the Seniors really enjoy their daily visit to the Center. They have requested, cards, dominoes, and would you believe a pool table? Donations anyone? Please call your Senior Center. Help us help them fill their lonely hours.
Statistics for November 17 thru January 9, 1973
Transportation: 252 Food Vouchers: 237
Advisory Council Meetings: 01 Drug Vouchers: 06
Center Group Meetings: 09 Staff Meetings: 04
Senior Citizen, Vista Project
Anne Fleigh, Supervisor
The Ho Iiday Season brings with it a special kind of concern for ones fellowman. Although we are constantly on the alert for means to brighten the lives of Senior Citizens; we doubled our efforts to help remove the I one Iiness and bewilderment surrounding the poverty level elderly person
We visited the ill and delivered fruit, nut and candy packages to them as well as to approximately 125 other Senior Citizens.
Being remembered by the Economic Opportunity Board was a tremendous morale booster and each expressed their gratitude and appreciation in. terms that far exceeded our efforts.
Outreach: 43
North Las Vegas:
Las Vegas: 24
East Las Vegas:
North Las Vegas: 12
West Las Vegas:
East Las Vegas: 0
West Las Vegas: 01
Henderson: 02
January 17, 1973
FROM: Leon Smith, Youth & Work Experience Coordinator
DRUG ABUSE Luc ius F'loyd, Superv i sor
The EOB Drug Abuse Counseling Program is presently re-evaluating the program goals and financial resources. The program performed the following activities:
120 Counseling hours
4 emrollees referred to Methadone Maintenance
2 Job Placements
I Detoxification
5 court cases
NYC-2 has made arrangements with Adult Education to conduct classes in Business English, American Government, History. The facility at which these courses are being offered is the Naval Building. Typing will be at Western High School.
Transportation is being provided through the Clark County School District.
Dental training is being provided for four (4) enrollees at Blair College of Dental Assistants.
Community College is scheduled to conduct a class in Developmental Math.
Several enrollees are in training in the CEP Learning Lab.
Paula Forch, Community Organizer
Twelve Liaison Workers in the high schools have been working for the prevention of radial misunderstanding and disturbance, to keep the channels of communication open between the youth and administration.
It was the decision of the Youth Council members, at a meeting held Saturday, January 13, 1973, that the Liaison Component of the program be discontinued.
The use of those funds is to be for Economic Development,
Youth & Work Experience Component Monthly report to the board
January 17, I 973
Page 2
Billy Murphy, Supervisor
The enrollment of the New Careers is fifteen (15). Enrollees are attending classes either at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, or the Clark County Community College.
Completion of the program ceremonies were held January 12, 1973, for the seven Juvenile Court Services Probation Officers Trainees. The seven enrollees are presently employed as Probation Officer.
Leon Smith, Supervisor
The enrollment in Work Experience is 35.
Enrollees are schedjled to attend secretarial training at the Community College and are assigned to County, State, Federal and City agencies, working in positions according to employability plans.
For the month of December, the following left active participation in Work Exper i ence:
8 - Job Entry
I - Job Entry Holding
6 - Other enrol lee status
I - Dropout
I - Other termination
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
January 17, 1973
Jean S, Dunn, Education Coordinator 5
Monthly Report — Education Division
CEP LEARNING LAB Jean S. Dunn, Supervisor
Th® Leading Lab presently has an enrollment of 25 CEP students, 6 NYC enrollees cep r? Dur,n9 +he |972-"9 Lt x: In etc.)? Community Referrals and others (NYC, New Careers, Work Experience
The goal for CEP enrollees for 1973 is |2| enrollees and 400 Community Referrals. ' stSentsSwil?mhl°Cal+hi?h+RChrOlS are n°W COmin9 ln+o +he Earning Lab. These
Wl11 be part of the Community Referral Section of the Learning Lab. These who Tre classesT' by +he h'9h SChO°' counselors - Rodents
Lessie Collins, Supervisor
Inr lhl2mr°9ram Obje?+ives and Accomplishments were submitted to you earlier for the Planning Committee's review.
December enro1 lmen+ (170 children) remained stable during the month of
A plan has been developed at the Presbyterian Head requested by OCD.
to change the single staff/double session operatl Start Center to a double staff/double session, as
Donald Clark Associates made an on-site evaluation of the Moapa Head Start S+aff a"d Parents were interviewed. The evaluation report reveals mat the project Is accomplishing its basic purpose, although a one-year period is insufficient to demonstrate and document conclusively their efforts.
Monthly Report
January 17, 1973
EOB has signed contracts to operate Head Start Classes in Housing Authority facilities in 1973. We are planning to begin operation by February 15, 1973. The buildings are located at:
Ernie Crag in Terrace Marble Manor
2810 Ambler Place 811 No. "I" Street
Las Vegas Las Vegas
2. Vegas View Head Start Progress Report — Lonnie Marshall, Teacher/Director
For the month of December, the units of study were the family and the winter season. These areas of study were introduced and enforced by model families, literature, records, manipulatives, a party, a real santa, a field trip, etc.
The Parent Program was successful and rewarding this month. The Bazaar was a short planned, fund raising project, but was very beneficial. Proceeds will go toward the Disneyland trip — also planned by the parents. Volunteering for the bazaar and trip-planning had 100 percent cooperation. Centerpieces and crocheting are.yet being done to raise funds for the trip to Disneyland.
Center Parent meeting attendance was 14 out of 20.
There was only a minor problem this month — the plumbing froze.
Attendance for staff and students was fair because of illness (flu, colds tons!I litis, etc,).
The Career Development Committee has met twice since the last Board meeting. The two on-site classes offered will be "Business Communications" and "Counseling the Disadvantaged." Both classes have an enrollment of 20 students.
All of the EOB and delegate agency employees are participating in the Career Development Program. Staff involvement for this semester is very enthusiastic.