Even under the most trying circumstances, EMPath is committed to helping families achieve long-term success.
Participants are typically engaged in the following programs for 8-24 months.
58 beds in Brighton shelter for mothers and their children, and women in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. (Funded by DHCD)
STEPS - Scattered Sites in the Community
56 apartments in Boston communities for single or two parent households with children. (Funded by DHCD)
34 families (mother and one child under age 6) are housed two-families per unit. (Funded by DHCD)
Families transition out of shelter into housing subsidized by MRVP & BHA/LHA. (Funded by DHCD)
Housing for 8 moms and their child. (Funded by DHCD)
Upon initial placement in EMPath emergency housing, families work with a Housing Mentor as they adjust to new surroundings. The transition from homelessness to emergency shelter can be difficult: the stresses of homelessness, unemployment, a ruptured social network, or the loss of independence present significant challenges. Together with their Resident Services Mentors, families focus on setting goals around stabilizing the family in the new environment: mitigating the effects of adversity on decision-making, finding employment resources, improving organization, and cultivating positive relationships.
Once families are stable, they progress to transitional housing and are paired with a Program Mentor. Goal-setting in this new environment prepares participants for permanent housing, education, employment with a clear career path, and the establishment of a robust savings plan. As they ascend the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency®, participants see a defined path supported by long-term mentoring, with the goal of financial independence. Parents become powerful examples for their children and begin modeling behavior to positively influence their child’s development.
Post-shelter housing often serves as a gateway from EMPath housing programs to community-based housing. In this setting, participants engage with Stabilization Program Mentors, Mobility Mentors, and Mobility Mentoring® Specialists to develop short- and long- term goals.