An essential tool used by EMPath coaches is the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency. This tool serves as a conversation guide as well as a means for assessment and tracking progress. Bridge assessments identify strengths and obstacles to success in five pillars: Family Stability, Well-Being, Financial Management, Education & Training, Employment & Career. Throughout FY20 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020), 97% of participants had at least one Bridge conversation with their mentor.

A participant’s “Bridge score” is a measure of their overall self-sufficiency; higher scores indicate higher self-sufficiency. Of those participants active in FY20 with a valid, comparable Bridge score at least one year apart, 74% experienced an increase in Bridge score. The average change in score for exiting participants is 10 points, out of a total possible score of 100.

The following data represent outcomes across varied programs.

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Flagship Program Outcomes

For five years, participants of EMPath’s flagship program work with their mentor to set and achieve certain goals, including saving $3,425 of their own money in a matched savings program, college completion, and housing stability. Since the program began in 2009, a total of 48 participants have graduated the program.

Who We Served in Greater Boston in FY20

1,364 individuals

726 adults / 638 children / 627 families

48% of households

experienced homelessness at some point during the year

87% of adult participants

with children were single parents

92%

of participants who exited shelter moved into permanent housing

46%

exiting participants felt they were thriving

$17,056.08 > $23,093.64

average annual earned income increase of participants with comparable income assessments

183%

average increase in annual income among flagship program exits

65%

of participants experienced an increase in credit score, with an average increase of 129 points

$878.61

average amount saved by participants in shelter and stabilization programs at program exit

22%

of participants not in school at entry enrolled in school

17%

of participants in school completed their program