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. In FY19, 497 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 FY19 participants with a comparable score at least one year apart, 77% experienced an increase in Bridge score. The average change in score for exiting participants is 10 points.

The following data represent outcomes across varied programs. Download the FY19 Impact Report.

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Who We Served in Greater Boston in FY19

1,325 participants

706 adults / 619 children / 413 families

44% of households

experienced homelessness at some point during the year

87% of adult participants

with children were single parents


participants who exited shelter to permanent housing


exiting participants who have a higher likelihood of thriving


participants became employed by program exit

$12.58/hr > $15.54

average income increase of participants with comparable income information


participants experienced an increase in credit score of 43 points on average


the average amount saved by participants at program exit


participants enrolled in an educational or training program


participants completed an education program