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Profile of Selves
Model Neighborhood residents are
allowed a good look at one another
through the results of a recent survey
conducted by Model Cities for Con
sumer Credit Counseling.
The survey, which took place over
six weeks in 579 Model Neighborhood
homes, is in the process of being
analysed by Model Cities staff mem
The 579 respondents represent a
little over 10 percent of the house
holds within the Model Cities target
The vast majority of those who an
swered the survey — which dealt vdth
income, purchasing habits and con
sumer problems—were women. About
half of them said they were the head
of their household. Only 31.8 percent
said that their husband was the head
of the household.
While 57.7 percent of the respon
dents were employed, 58.9 percent of
them said they are on some form of
social service, such as Social Security
and public assistance. Income levels
were distributed as follows: less than
$2500 a year, 37.1 percent; $2500-
$3600, 19.5 percent; $3600-$7400, 26.9
percent; and above $7400, 1.6 percent.
In other words, over 50 percent of
the households canvassed had a total
income of less than $3600 a year.
In response to education level, 38.9
percent had completed eighth grade
or less; 38.2 percent had had some
high school; 18.5 percent had com
pleted high school; 1.7 percent had
had some college; and .7 percent, or
four persons, had finished college.
Two-thirds of those who said they
were employed hold a laborer’s or un
skilled job, while .9 percent, or three
persons, are foremen. A total of four,
or 1.2 percent, are proprietors; 18, or
5.4 percent, are professional or tech
nical workers; 4.2 percent are crafts
men; and 1.8 are clerical or man
Over 80 percent of the respondents
said they were aware to some degree
about Model Cities, but with the ex
ception of the Developmental Day
Care program could not name any
other specific projects. Some 18 per
cent were unaware of Model Cities,
while the remainder were not sure.
In coming weeks, other findings
about this cross-section of Model
Neighborhood residents will be re
Barbara Todd Matros
Kids - A World of Their Own
From naps to snacks and paints to puzzles, Idds move in a world which is uniquely theirs. Developmental Day
Care, operated under the Fore-See Agency, helps create a healthy, happy world of learning and fun for 150 youngsters
aged three to six. Pictured clockwise, beginning with the little girl sleeping on her cot, are Mae Norris of Brooks Center;
Lydia Pitts and James Leak at William Penn Center; John Pitts and Ruth Craley at mealtime, William Penn; David
Conner and LaVeme Bailey at St. Paul Center; and Lila McClure and Lisa Roberts with their teacher, Mrs. Sarada Boyd,
also at William Penn.
Door-to-door salesmen can be hon
est, or they can be cnxdcs. Many times
it’s hard to tell the difiFerence; there
fore, you should be on guard against
the ones who are likely to swindle you.
A popular tridc to gyp you out of
money is the magazine sales gimmick.
A salesman approaches you with a
“special offer” for several magazine
subscriptions for the price (A one. He
may even display samples of the maga
zines available in his deal.
In order to receive these magazines,
he says, you must pay, say, 25 cents
a wedc — six months in advance. If
you pay, that probably wiU be the last
you see of your money — and of the
In most cities, including High Point,
door-to-door salesmen of any type
must notify the Police Department of
their identity and whereabouts. It is
illegal to solicit money or sell door-to-
door without the knowledge and con
sent of the local police. Therefore,
bona fide salesmen will carry identifica
tion papers issued by the police.
If the salesman who comes to your
house does not have these papers with
him, he is a crook and should be re
ported immediately. And by all means,
do not give him moneyl
This tip on sales gimmicks was pro
vided by Consumer Credit Counseling,
142 Church Avenue. Phone Barry
Boneno at 885-0041.
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