In December 2019, Gilbert completed a Human Service Needs Assessment. The needs assessment identified ten priority populations that had the greatest need for additional services in Gilbert. Read the entire report here 2019 Gilbert Needs Assessment. The ten populations and their definitions are listed below in ranked order:
Priority 1: Individuals in Need of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment - Gilbert individuals of all ages in need of either in- or out- patient mental health, substance abuse treatment services, or services for trauma assciated with human trafficking.
Priority 2: Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking - Those impacted by Domestic Violence, Sexual assuault ot Human Trafficking. Definition of Domestic Violence is: a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Sexual Assault. In Arizona, sexual assault occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual intercourse or oral sexual conduct without the other person’s consent. If the sexual act does not involve one of those forms, then it falls under a different category of crime known as “sexual abuse. Human Trafficking. A form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will.
Priority 3: Families in Crisis - Town of Gilbert families experiencing stressors that put one or more family members in a dangerous situation requiring immediate support and emergency intervention to defuse the situation and restore a temporary level of stability to the family.
Priority 4: Homeless Individuals and Families – Those lacking a safe, fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence and living in a shelter, temporary institutional residence or a public or private place not designed for a regular sleeping accommodation, e.g., living on the streets, sleeping in a car, ‘couch surfing,’ doubling up with a friend or family member, or alternating between a motel room and one of these options.
Priority 5: Low to Moderate Income Individuals and Families – Gilbert residents whose annual household income is at or below 200% of the Annual Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Priority 6: Youth in Need of Social Services – Those under the age of eighteen in need of services that are provided to help them stabilize their life and find self-sufficiency through guidance, counseling, treatment and providing for basic needs.
Priority 7: Special Needs Individuals – Persons experiencing chronic physical, mental, behavioral, emotional or developmental impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitations.
Priority 8: Elderly/Seniors – Gilbert residents over 62 years of age.
Priority 9: Immigrants – Any non-citizen who is residing permanently in Gilbert; working, going to school and/or seeking work or an education or some combination of the two (within legal restrictions).
Priority 10: Culturally Diverse Individuals and Families – Individuals of ethnicities other than Anglo and/or individuals identifying with a non-traditional sexual orientation who seek an equality of representation and respect within the community