The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® is supported by five critical pillars—family stability, well-being, education and training, financial management, and employment and career management. To successfully cross the bridge and reach economic self-sufficiency, low-income families set, and work towards, objectives along each pillar.
- The participant is spending less than 30% of her after-tax income on housing.
- The needs of the participant’s children are being met and do not prevent the participant from pursuing school or work.
- The participant is fully engaged in work and family, and no health or behavioral issues prevent him or her from pursuing school or employment.
- The participant is part of a strong social network, serving as an advocate, organizer, and support to others.
Education and Training
- The participant has achieved a level of post-secondary education and/or training that has prepared her for a job paying enough to support her family.
- The participant has savings equal to three months’ worth of living expenses.
- The participant has good credit and is managing debts in balance with income.
Employment and Career Management
- The participant’s earnings from his or her job are greater than the real costs of basic living expenses for her family.