In 2016, Middlesex County’s two community action agencies, the Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) and the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB), agreed to produce a countywide needs assessment. Subsequently, it formed a partnership United Way of Central Jersey, Middlesex County Office of Human Services, and WellCare Health Plans joined in the effort. Together, they became the Middlesex County Assessment Planning Group (MCAPG).
In September 2016, MCAPG convened nearly 40 community stakeholders to identify overarching county needs. They identified five (5) areas: Housing, Education, Healthcare, Transportation and Employment, which became the focus of the county assessment. Throughout 2017, a research team produced the report, and MCAPG reached recommendations. In 2018, MCAPG was prepared to disseminate the report via official releases across the county.
Ultimately, MCAPG seeks to contribute to the growth of the county and other county-serving entities through the development of county plans and collaboration among county residents and institutions. In particular, JRF and PRAB, the county’s two CAP agencies, will review the feedback obtained through official releases of the assessment and other events, and will integrate the findings and recommendations into their own community action plans.