An essential tool used by EMPath coaches is the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency. The Bridge is a multi-faceted tool, serving as a conversation guide as well as a means for assessment and tracking progress. Bridge assessments identify strengths and obstacles to success in each of the five pillars: Family Stability, Well-Being, Financial Management, Education & Training, Employment & Career.

A participant’s “Bridge score” is a measure of their overall self-sufficiency; higher scores indicate higher self-sufficiency. Of those participants active in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) with a valid, comparable Bridge score at least one year apart, 74% experienced an increase in Bridge score. The average change in score for participants who exited in FY21 was 10 points, out of a total possible score of 100.

The following data represent outcomes across various 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.

Who We Served in Greater Boston in FY21

1,337 individuals

700 adults / 637 children / 576 families

34% of households

experienced homelessness at some point during the year

90% of adult participants

with children were single parents

94%

of participants who exited shelter moved into stable permanent housing

92%

of participants said they felt satisfied or very satisfied with EMPath’s efforts to keep them safe during the pandemic

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9%

average annual income increase of participants across all programs (compared to an FY21 decrease of 1.2% for the U.S. population as a whole)

168%

average increase in annual income among flagship program graduates ($18,120 at entry to $48,576 at exit)

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71%

of participants experienced an increase in credit score, with an average increase of 140 points

$1,248.32

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

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30%

of participants newly enrolled in an educational or training program

72%

of flagship program participants had college degrees at exit (compared to 37% at entry)

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