Of the 17,565 people estimated to be experiencing homelessness on a single night in Massachusetts in 2017, 11,298 are in families with children1. A study estimates a shortage of nearly 158,769 affordable rental homes for low income people2.

EMPath offers a variety of shelter programs to help provide a solution for the housing shortage that so many homeless people are too familiar with. Additionally, in FY 2017, 48 of the families in served in transitional housing were moved to permanent housing.

“My experiences at EMPath have been better than I could imagine. I am so grateful for the co-housing program. The program allows me and my son to be comfortable while we go through this process.”EMPath Participant

Outcomes

  • EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project family stability gains

    • 89% of children saw an increase in their executive functioning skills, as measured by the Rothbart Assessment3.

    • 83% of families saw an increase in family stability as measured by the CHAOS assessment, an externally validated measure of a family’s home environment.

    • 100% of families involved in the project 6+ months have come together to set family-level goals AND 100% of families involved in the project 6+ months have achieved at least one family-level goal. For families, goals have included organizing shared space, setting weekly family meetings, or establishing morning and evening routines.

  • Housing Gains

    • 100% of families saw an increase in family stability as measured by the CHAOS assessment, an externally validated measure of a family’s home environment.
1 From https://www.mahomeless.org/about-us/basic-facts
2 From https://www.mahomeless.org/about-us/basic-facts
3For more information, read Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain

Intergenerational Mobility Project

The video, made in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, profiles EMPath's Intergenerational Mobility Project. Families use the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency to plan for the future. When parents can align and prioritize goals, they can build a solid foundation for their children’s future and move across the economic divide.