DATE:  July 6, 2005
CONTACT: Sergio Olivares, Graduate Assistant, College of Arts and Humanities, (361) 825- 2637; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 825-233

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Social Science Center to Conduct Surveys for City’s ‘Weed and Seed’ Program

The Social Science Research Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will conduct a telephone survey of Corpus Christi’s Site I and Site II “Weed and Seed” neighborhoods from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 between 5 and 8 p.m. The random telephone survey will be followed by a two-week door-to-door survey.

“Weed and Seed” is a Justice Department sponsored program which provides federal funds to improve the quality of living in high-crime neighborhoods. According to Dr. Philip Rhoades of the University’s Social Science Research Center, the areas were chosen because they were among the first neighborhoods in Corpus Christi to be targeted when the program was instituted seven years ago. Site I encompasses the area west of downtown Corpus Christi south to Agnes Street. Site II stretches from Agnes Street to Saratoga Boulevard.

Rhoades said that the Research Center’s goal is to reach 400 respondents who will be asked their opinions on neighborhood safety, crime, police services, safety and knowledge of “Weed and Seed” programs and services. Information gathered during the survey will be evaluated and a report submitted to the City next January.